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Why Sylvester Stallone Considers His Role in ‘Tulsa King’ as a Gangster to Be a ‘Fantasy Role’

After “The Sopranos” ended its run on HBO fifteen years ago, a new gangster series emerged. It is known as “Tulsa King.”

The new series is Sylvester Stallone’s first excursion into television. It is directed by “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan.

“It’s very difficult to find something original,” Stallone said at the New York premiere of “Tusla King” on Wednesday night. And when it comes knocking on your door, only a fool would refuse.

What distinguishes “Tulsa King” from other gangster series? First, it’s a Western that takes place in the countryside. After serving a 25-year prison term, Dwight Manfredi, played by Sylvester Stallone, is charged with building a criminal organization in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“The concept of getting him out of New York, so he’s not like Tony Soprano, and placing him in a completely strange world,” Stallone explained. He could have been on the moon for all we know.

After five decades of trying out for the roles of Paulie Gatto and Carlo Rizzi in “The Godfather,”Rocky” star Sylvester Stallone is finally portraying a mobster.

“This is a fantasy role,” stated Stallone. “I have always desired to portray a gangster. Not a cowboy or an American Indian, but a gangster. I don’t know why, but there is something beautiful about this kind of personality.”

Co-showrunner Terence Winter, a writer and producer for “The Sopranos,” stated that Stallone virtually portrays himself.

Winter told Variety, “Aside from the murder and mayhem, he is that person.” “It was quite simple to write for. I could hear his voice in my brain, and I knew he would be able to pull this off with ease. Acting-wise, it was a minor stretch. When you are under his glare, you believe you are gazing at a thug.”

Why Sylvester Stallone Considers His Role in 'tulsa King
When Dwight arrives in Tulsa, he quickly begins to build his own staff. Tyson (Jay Will), his first sidekick, is a Jesse Pinkman-Esque figure who promises to drive him everywhere he wants to go. His initial establishment was a small dispensary.

Will told Variety, “I was like, ‘This is a different color in the Crayola box that I’ve never seen from him before when he got roasted by a jay. “It was encouraging to see him open up a bit. As the driver, I’ve had a variety of events with him in the car, from gunfights to him getting high in the back.”

There is also a budding romance between Dwight and Stacy Beale, a much younger woman (Andrea Savage). Stacy flees Dwight’s hotel room upon learning he is 75 years old, which is the age Stallone was when the series was produced.

There was a portion of me that wondered, ‘Is he going to be offended by this?’ Savage told Variety. “However, I thought, ‘He knows it’s in the script. He understands his own age. No, it was quite enjoyable. He demonstrated wonderful sportsmanship.”

What is the twist? Stacy is a Tulsa police officer who is told to keep an eye on Dwight. Savage hinted that her character’s connection with Dwight will develop in a manner that is surprising.

“We have a connection,” Savage stated. “We are both fish out of water in quest of our purpose in life. My role becomes the most dramatic on the show, so I stop being so humorous, which was actually a lot of fun for me.”

Max Casella, who portrayed Benny Fazio on “The Sopranos,” stated that “Tusla King’s” true appeal lies in its “ragtag cast of individuals.”

Casella told Variety that the film “upends the old gangster genre.” “It is out in the West. He works with weed-selling Generation Zers at a dispensary, Native Americans, and myself — we all have our own mischief brewing.

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