Sylvester Stallone returns to Rocky mode as he plays boxer Henry “Razor” Sharp who comes out of retirement for one final match versus fierce rival Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) in new comedy “Grudge Match.”
Opening across the Philippines in Jan. 15, 2014, “Grudge Match” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
“I love boxing and the metaphors about it,” adds Stallone. “There’s a real classicism where it breaks down to a man’s athletic ability coupled with his courage. The two don’t always go hand-in-hand. I’m always watching the character of a fighter more than the punches. You see what a person is made of under duress.”
Although De Niro and Stallone had previously starred in the critically acclaimed 1997 ensemble crime thriller “Copland,” placing these two legendary actors in a comedy set in the world of boxing, when they’ve both become famous for playing boxers on screen, was a different configuration altogether. “Sly and I really had several discussions before he signed onto this movie and I can understand why,” says director Peter Segal. “Because he has built a legacy as Rocky Balboa, to sort of wink at that takes a real leap of faith.”
Stallone most recently released a most ambitious project, the action thriller “The Expendables¸” which he wrote, directed and starred in and for which he hired an all-star cast, including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lungren and Steve Austin, as well as Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film opened at number one at the box office, making Stallone the only actor to open a number one film across five decades.
“The Expendables 2,” the highly anticipated sequel, also opened to number one at the box office. Stallone too wrote and starred in the film, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and the original “Expendables” cast. Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris also starred.