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Sylvester Stallone The Expendables
Sylvester Stallone Brazil comments leaves Twitter abuzz: The Expendables.
Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

On Thursday, at Comic-Con (a.k.a. Nerd-Con) 2010 in San Diego Sylvester Stallone explained (quote via ScreenCrave) why he chose Brazil to shoot the ultra-violent The Expendables, about a bunch of aging mercenaries trying to overthrow a South American dictator:

“You can shoot people and blow things up and they say, ‘Thank you! Take a monkey home with you!’ We couldn’t have pulled off what we did [somewhere else]. We blew up huge plots of land. It was like, Everybody bring their hot dogs. We’re having a BBQ today. We’re gonna blow up this village.”

Stallone then proceeded to ridicule the security situation in the South American country, making jokes about the police in Rio de Janeiro – which apparently wear uniforms stamped with a skull, two guns, and a knife.

Whether or not those in attendance at the Expendables panel found that sort of thing funny I don’t know, but Stallone surely hasn’t made any new friends in Brazil.

Twitter has been abuzz with irate Brazilians providing free publicity for The Expendables by way of “CALA BOCA SYLVESTER STALLONE” (“Shut up SS”) – Twitter’s no. 1 trending topic worldwide – which is described as “a brazilian [sic] campaign to protest the actor Sylvester Stallone, for trying to denigrate the Brazilian image.”

The Brazilian mainstream media has also gotten in on the act, with pieces such as “Stallone badmouths Brazil and is target of twitterers’ ire” (Veja magazine) and “After detonating Brazil, Stallone leaves event with an award” (at, which also remarked on the actor-director’s “tasteless jokes”).

One report also included complaints Stallone has made about The Expendables’ Brazilian crew.

Today, Stallone issued the inevitable apology by way of a press release, as reported in the Brazilian media.

By the way, the “award” Stallone received at Comic-Con was a Guinness World Records certificate for having created the most popular sports-related movie franchise ever, Rocky, which went from bad to worse from 1976 to 1990, earning $1.2 billion along the way. (The first Rocky beat Taxi Driver and Network for the Best Picture Oscar; also that year, Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face and Lina Wertmüller’s Seven Beauties weren’t even nominated.)

And finally, here’s the best quote I’ve found from the Expendables Comic-Con panel, with Sylvester Stallone quoting Jean-Claude Van Damme, who turned down the role that eventually went to Dolph Lundgren:

“He told me, ‘You should be trying to save people in South Central.’

“I knew I’d lost him.”

Sylvester Stallone The Expendables image: Karen Ballard / Lionsgate Pictures.

Stallone / Van Damme Quote: via the New York Times.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace.

Daniel Craig In, Kristen Stewart Out? ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Remake

Daniel Craig will be playing (unfairly) disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher is slated to direct the suspense thriller for Sony Pictures.

With the casting of Daniel Craig, Fincher and Sony can now focus on finding their Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish adaptation), perhaps the most coveted female role of the year. According to an Entertainment Weekly report, auditions should take place next week.

Rumored possibilities include Kristen Stewart , Ellen Page, Keira Knightley, Mia Wasikowska, Rooney Mara, Sophie Lowe, and Sarah Snook.

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

Carey Mulligan, once rumored to have been cast as Salander, has said she’s out of the running. According to recent rumors, Kristen Stewart’s position also seems iffy, as she’s nowhere to be found in the “unofficial” list of possibilities to play the tough-vulnerable, bisexual computer hacker. That would be too bad, as Stewart, more than any of the other actresses mentioned above, has the exact qualities – toughness, vulnerability, sensuality, sexual ambiguity – required for the role.

Based on the first book of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become an international blockbuster, collecting more than $100 million worldwide.

European Academy Award nominee Rapace and Michael Nyqvist starred in the generally well-received Swedish film directed by Niels Arden Oplev.

Photo: Quantum of Solace (MGM); The Runaways (Apparition)

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Director David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be set in Sweden, according to

“Stockholm. Uppsala. In the north,” Fincher remarked at Comic-Con. “You have to. What, are you going to put it in Seattle?”

In other words, you’ll have English-speaking actors – Daniel Craig, for one – playing Swedes. Or will they be foreigners living in Sweden?

Come to think of it, Seattle – or Boston or Milwaukee or Vancouver – would not be such bad choices after all.

Rumored possibilities for the role of Lisbeth Salander, the computer hacker who helps to crack a 40-year-old murder/disappearance case, include Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Kristen Stewart, and Emily Browning.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is slated for release on Dec. 21.

Image: Music Box Films

Jake Gyllenhaal Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Jerry Bruckheimer-Walt Disney box office duds

In The Hollywood Reporter, Carl DiOrio talks about Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent string of disappointments at the domestic box office.

Confessions of a Shopaholic, G-Force, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and his latest, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, have all underperformed in the U.S. and Canada despite sizable production and marketing budgets.

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

Apprentice, with a $160–$170 million production budget and another $50 million spent on marketing, took in less than $25 million in its first five days out. As DiOrio points out in his piece, unless the Jon Turteltaub-Nicolas Cage effort performs incredibly well abroad it will end up losing distributor Disney tens of million of dollars.

Also, although it’s true that G-Force and especially Prince of Persia did well overseas, neither big-budget release was able to cover its production costs (not including marketing/distribution expenses) at the box office alone.

Bruckheimer is currently stationed at Disney, but it’s unclear how much longer he’ll remain there. In case he does stay around, the veteran producer of mostly loud, mindless, formulaic fare will likely have less leeway in his future projects.

Bruckheimer has been working on the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which should come out in May 2011. Starring Johnny Depp, the Pirates of the Caribbean has grossed $2.75 billion worldwide.

Best quote found in the article:

“A lot of these guys get too caught up in formulas, and they just keep making the same film over and over again” – uttered by a “highly placed industryite.”

Photos: Bruckheimer / Disney Enterprises

Angelina Jolie, Salt

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Win Tabloid Lawsuit

Back in January 2010, Brad Pitt, 46, and Angelina Jolie, 35, were the victims of the News Corp.-owned British tabloid News of the World (which world remains unclear). The tabloid published the “news” that the Hollywood couple were legally separating and were in the process of negotiating the split of their millions and the custody of their many children.

Since the tabloid refused to retract its “false and intrusive” claims and to offer an apology, Pitt and Jolie sued. An undisclosed settlement was reached at London’s High Court, reports the BBC.

Brad Pitt will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Angelina Jolie’s next release is Phillip Noyce’s Salt, which opens on Friday. Both Pitt and Jolie are well-known for their liberal and humanitarian views.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. also owns Fox News, among other television channels and publications.

Photo: Salt (Andrew Schwartz / Columbia Pictures)

Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Pedro Almodóvar’s Academy Award-nominated Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios / Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) will become a Broadway musical, Lincoln Center Theater has announced.

To be directed by Bartlett Sher, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will have book by Jeffrey Lane, and music and lyrics by David Yazbek.

The cast includes de’Adre Aziza, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Beth Peil and Sherie Rene Scott.

Previews will begin Oct. 2. The musical will open Nov. 4 at the Belasco Theatre.

Almodóvar’s classic comedy starred Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma, Maria Barranco, and Julieta Serrano.

Photo: El Deseo

‘Mississippi Burning’ Murders

Neshoba The Price of Freedom Micki Dickoff Tony PaganoNeshoba: The Price of Freedom will have its US theatrical premiere in New York City on Aug. 13 at Cinema Village. Los Angeles will follow suit on Sept. 10.

Directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, Neshoba: The Price of Freedom delves into both the legacy and the story behind the disappearance and murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers who became victims of a mob of Klansmen in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the beginning of the Freedom Summer in June 1964.

Forty-one years later, the state convicted only one man in the killings, 80-year-old Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen.

According to the Neshoba: The Price of Freedom press release, Dickoff and Pagano “gained unprecedented access to Killen, following him from shortly after his indictment through his trial. For the first time, the film captures the outspoken views of a Klan member charged with a civil rights murder and takes viewers on a journey into the mindset of a man who still feels the murders were justified as ‘self-defense’ of a way of life.”

Neshoba also features interviews with the families of the victims and with Neshoba County citizens of various ethnicities and points of view.

The release adds that “the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice and whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth.”

On Aug. 4, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed partly because of the revulsion over the “Mississippi Burning” murders.

Alan Parker tackled the subject matter in the highly fictionalized (and much criticized) Mississippi Burning (1988), which received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

Casey Affleck & Joaquin Phoenix ‘documentary’

I’m Still Here, Casey Affleck’s directorial debut about a year in the life of Joaquin Phoenix – it’s unclear whether that’s a documentary or a mockumentary or both – has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

I’m Still Here follows Oscar-nominee Phoenix after he announced his retirement from films in the fall of 2008 and decided to pursue a new career as a bearded, bizarre hip hop musician.

Phoenix, by the way, has been mentioned as a possibility to replace Edward Norton as a hip-hopping Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk in the planned Marvel production The Avengers.

Casey Affleck won scores of best supporting actor awards and was nominated for an Oscar in that category for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007.

Joaquin Phoenix’s two Oscar nods were as best supporting actor for Gladiator in 2000 and as best actor for Walk the Line in 2005.

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Fusca Brasil -

The truth hurts. We know what Stallone described. Our Amazon forest is being destroyed by local and foreign criminals, the drug organizations are booming(including FARC with great simpathy and support of the ruling party), the corruption reached the highest level of the Brazilian history, but when such a simple mind from outside comes and says it to us, it hurts!

Steven Brody -

I’ve not yet seen the film, but have read numerous interviews by Dickoff and Pagano, and there’s often a factual omission that, if included, would strengthen the light that the film shines.

It is incorrect to say that no one was ever charged, and convicted, in the murders of the 3 civil rights workers until Killen’s trial. In 1967, 3 years after the murders, 18 men were charged, and 7 convicted, in federal court, with sentences from 3-10 years and no one serving more than 6 years. They were convicted of violating the civil rights of the three, under the US Force Act of 1870.

So, the federal system recognized the obvious crime and went after it. (I’m not a lawyer, so
don’t know if they could have sought a tougher conviction, but convictions did occur.) This fact only hightens the flagrant disregard of justice by the State of Mississippi for 40 years.

heidi -

oh wow. over reacting much? if it was any regular person saying that, everyone would’ve thought it was funny. in America, we’re always making fun of our other states and no one takes crap for that now do we? nope. everyone just laughs at it. and he never said that everything was perfect here. i’m sure he knows that our country (USA) is freakin screwed up just like every other country in the world. and everyone seems to somehow assume that when something like this that involves a celebrity, that they didn’t try to do anything about it, but you don’t seem to have any proof to back up that out of no where accusation.
he didn’t mean that he actually blew up anything there i don’t think. but i mean if your gonna be all sympathetic to serial killers and rapists isn’t there something wrong with you??
and he wasn’t even making fun of the WHOLE country, just the extremists.
besides, the majority of you seem to make this accusation somehow that he’s arrogant and that,”someone wrote a script for “Smielone” (lol great spelling by the way.) and he refused to pay the script-writer.” which was mentioned by,”William” on October 2nd, 2010. um, i’d like to see the proof for that. how do we know that your just making the guy up? and if your not, was this told to you before or after everyone made a mountain over a mole hill about Sylvestor’s jokes. my guess is, IF you even knew the guy that wrote these scripts for him, he probably just said he didn’t get his cut simply because he wanted to make him look bad. and he probably told you this after he made those jokes. either that or the guy that wrote scripts for him screwed someone in Sylvestor’s “family” out of money so he did the same to him.
if this did actually happen, you can’t make accusations, you gotta find out why he didn’t pay the guy.
the HUGE accusations that people get and that the media makes everything look like is RIDICULOUS! it’s like no one ever tries to find out anything for their selves anymore. they’re just so damn gullible, they’ll believe ANYTHING the media or anyone else says about anyone. ESPECIALLY someone famous.
most of us in America are open to even make fun of our country too so why get your panties rolled up in a bunch and assume that he’s arrogant and selfish and that he thinks he’s this great guy? i seriously doubt that any of you have any idea what he thinks or what his personality is like.
if he was making a joke about another state here in America,or if someone else from Brazil were to come over here from America and make jokes about it, we would’ve laughed. so lighten up people.

Cleber -

i just hate guys like ss, we welcomed him and our goverment did not charge him for anything ,, advantage for him,, i ask why say bad things about OUR COUNTRY,, ? IF don’t like us is simple get away,,, thats it. Sombory please tell him to be back here and ask for security with BOPE.

William -

You left out that Slimelone was up to his usual self and stiffed Brazilians for $2,000,000.00. I know someone who wrote some scenes for Slimelone, tried to collect the amount he was contrated for and Slimelone had him thrown out and refused to pay up. He´s a Reich Wing scumbag and his films suck.

luisa -

Yeah, okay, maybe we Brazilians overreacted a bit, but wouldn’t anyone after you showed them great hospitality and kindness, and they later go around making fun of you? Any sane person would be offended, so you Americans shouldn’t be talking in the least. And learn some sense of humor? What kind of twisted humor do you people enjoy?
I’m so not going to watch The Expendables.

The Monkey -

Very well said, and after watching The Elite squad, you can also watch this:

Even with my limited portuguese I was cracking up, very creative.

Emanuela -

I agree with you 100%…he has zero idea what BOPE is… HEHEHE instead of expendables watch Elite Squad 2.

The Monkey -

OOhh hahaa haa ohoh haha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Sly still thinks hes rambo, I bet this movie is going to suck monkeys balls, not because of the comments he’s made, but, have you seen the last rambo movie? A monkey would do it better, the movie is going to be a dvd profit based movie anyways, Brazilians should ignore such ignorant comments, or maybe just understand the guy can’t tell jokes, hes rambo! people, he can only fire a fake gun, and use a fake knife, and f*** a fake wife.
Now the comments about the police, He’s got no idea that an ex BOPE member trains most of the SWAT teams here in the US, using the BOpE tacticts
in which is most effective in civilian surroundings, and the skull Im sure is an psychological armor, like Americans have in some of their military apparel and helicopters and such.
Now if I was in Brasil, I would fill a whole theater room with monkeys and play the Expendables, because Im sure the only thing you’re gonna get from it, it’s monkey business.

Anon -

There is only one woman who is perfect for this part, and she’s a talented actor…Kristen Stewart.

Vincent Coelho -

Let’s get to the point all Brazilians:
BOYCOTT THE EXPENDABLES. Let him suffer on his skin the stupid words that come from his mouth. If we all Brazilians don’t spend a penny to see his movie it will teach a lesson to anyone that come to our country use and abuse our hospitality and goes around trying to be funny “as nossas custas” . NAO ASSISTA OS MERCENARIOS. He will lose a lot of money and learn his lesson the hard way.

Ken -

No one like a FAKE person, you come to my house i receive you with open arms, i let you destroy my house and when you are about to leave i even offer you a monkey to take back home with you, just to show how glad i was to have you as a guest. I didnt mind you messing my house up. But now I am fixing my house up putting everything in its place, and im not mad about because i let you mess it up. But then i turn on the tv and i see you back at your place laughing with your buddies and making jokes about how you went to my house just to take advantage and make fun of me for trying to be nice and give you a monkey.

It kind of hurts.. if you ask me ill never invite you to my house again matter affect you better watch out when u enter my neighborhood the police with the skull and guns on their right shoulders will be waitn for you :) jk

LilyCC -

Why remake it if it’s set in Sweden? This makes no sense. Now that I know Kristen Stewart isn’t playing Lisbeth, I don’t plan to see this. The original is very good.

Amanda -

The fact here it´s not that rio is violent, or the difficults in control violence at brazil! The fact is that he offend brazilians people making ironies about their sympathy and hospitality with people!! A totally bizarre comment, that speaks a bizarre mind ! Poor Stallone, botox is affecting his brain !

Larry G. -

Why not Natalya Rudakova? She comes across close to the fictional Salander, that is full of fire and very intense. And her looks would be close to what the author describes.

William Wattie -

Hi Marvin,

I have lived and worked in Brazil for over fifteen years. I speak the language, and I have several business interests here. As someone who has personally struggled against ignorance, corruption and incompetence I think I am well placed to criticise.

In the last 15 years I have watched other emerging markets leap ahead in terms of social and economic development. Other countries facilitate international business, and governments have shrunk to make way for private sector investment. This is not the case in Brazil. If you live here too, then you would know that. Friends in neighboring Rio have told me doing business there has become even harder in recent years, as payoffs and kick-backs have increased.

I can just imagine the direct and indirect costs Stallone was up against when he when shooting his film in Rio. I am sorry, but it is not a serious city.

Marvin -

“Good on Sylvester Stallone”? “Impartial international visitors” like Sylvester Stallone?

Are you out of your mind?

Stallone spends a couple of weeks making a movie in a rough Rio neighborhood and is thus able to tell the way things work or don’t work in a huge and diverse country like Brazil? And he gets to make fun of them, too.

That’s what the braindead do. I can’t understand what could be good about it, unless you’re an idiocy aficionado.

You probably don’t know any Brazilians and just as likely you’ve never set foot in Brazil. (I lived there for two decades.) Else, you’ve been there but no one offered you a monkey and you still feel bitter about that.

For if you had spent time in Brazil and got to know and talk to the locals, you’d know how critical Brazilians and the Brazilian media are of their government and institutions. Americans, the British, Australians (not sure where you’re from) could learn a thing or two from them in that regard. You and others of your ilk would then discover that corruption is “endemic on all levels of government” just about everywhere you go. (I’m assuming your comment about private investments being “forced out” in Brazil is a joke.)

And have you read about the “record low” crime rates in Rio in 2010? Not that the city doesn’t remain violent, but if there’s someone who needs to wake up and smell the coffee, that’s you and your pal Stallone.
Much like arrogance and ignorance, you guys belong together.

beth -

Isn’t it already discussed in many articles that the filming of Breaking Dawn and TGWTDT is at the same time so that Kristen cannot do both films. I would actually prefer seeing someone else in this role. I love being surprised by performances by lesser known actors, it helps to suspend the disbelief required by so many plots. It’s beginning to feel like her name is being constantly used to generate hits on a website and is not even something worth discussing. Overhyping an individual usually makes me not want to see them anymore. Enough already!

observer -

Why remake a good film. Why don’t you simply widen its distribution. The Swedish film is still out in the theatre here and on Netflix. Even the second book has just been release. Seems silly to remake a film that is now getting popular in theatres

annie -

kristen would be a perfect lisbeth, i picture her while reading the book. she got all the qualities of lisbeth even her height and body frame.

William Wattie -

Good on Sylvester Stallone. He’s no rocket scientist, and his comments were a little naive, but they were fully justified.

Brazilians are overly defensive of their public sector institutions when they have no reason for being so. Violent crime in Rio is amongst the highest in the world and corruption is endemic at all levels of government, which forces out private investment.

There is an unjustified optimism in Brazil at the moment which has totally clouded the nation’s objective assessment of itself. There needs to be more comments from impartial international visitors like Mr Stallone to force the Brazilians to indulge in a little objective introspection.

For a city that believes it can successfully host a World Cup in 2014 and an Olympics in 2016, it needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

angel -

I happen to think that Kristen Stewart would be very well-fitted for the role. I mean, look at her previous roles besides Twilight for a moment. Speak? Panic Room? The Cake Eaters? The Runaways? Adventureland? How about her upcoimg movie, Welcome to the Rileys? I think she would be able to potray this character very well, because not only is she honest, she tries to put her all into potraying a character.

prajitha -

even i agre..she doesn’t even need to act ..the style of Lisbeth Salander is exactly the same as kstew’s

clove -

I agree with you completely, Kristen is the best Lisbeth Salander, as if she need not try so hard to act the role.

Victor -

It’s true that Brazil is a very violent country and that people here idolize foreigners (the population is concerned abou it), but it was the monkey joke that caused it to be this massive confusion. Here in Brazil, monkey has whole different meaning. While he meant a pet monkey, the word in Portuguese, “macaco,” is used as a extremely racist word to describe black people (you can imagine why). So this is the reason why the people from my country were so pissed off. Brazil has a very rich black culture that not everyone respects and a strict “fight” against racism as well as severe laws against it. You can go to jail for racist comments here. If the word had the same meaning in the US, some people there would be angry too.

barbie -

bgrazilians? what do they know? only… thank u… lol

Marcelo Furlan -

I hate how people bend over backwards for idiots such as these when they visit Brazil. As a Brazilian myself, and one who is very proud of my Brazilian citizenship, I wish that the entire country of Brazil would boycott the movie The Expendables.

elem -

And more respect.
here is not your home.
How do you go in people’s homes and then turns speaking evil.
His mother did not give you education Silvestre loser.
Never go to Brazil.
Next time go straight to the old home there is her true home.

tom -

I watched The Simpsons episode about Brazil and i liked it, but the jokes and the humor were very different. As someone said, imagine if Brazilian celebrities as Gisele Bundchen and Rodrigo Santoro came back here making stupid comments about USA. Does Brazil have problems? Yes, a lot. Does Sylvester Stallone have something to do with these problems? No.
After this, he’ll think a bit more after coming back here.

And about the “twitter campaign”, I think it´s ridiculous.

BlahBlahBlah -

His comments were very hurtful because of the connotations his choice of words have. Perhaps the Brazilian people were a bit too quick to overreact. However, Sly was WELCOMED to film his movie there, the least amount of respect would be to not “poop” on his workplace. I’m sure anyone else would not have critized a country thus. Personally, I think he should have acted a bit more professionally and kept his thoughts of the country to himself. However, he probably knew that this would be a great publicity stunt, therefore, he does not feel guilty about it. I bet this incident is going to bring even more money in for the movie.

Steve -

I think what is really making Brazilians upset most is the monkey comment, it’s a lame stereotype that Brazil is all jungle & monkeys. Imagine a European celebrity making a comment about all Americans being fat and living in trailers.

And on the rest of the comments, he makes it seem like all of Brazil, not just whatever unspecified area he went to, is this super dangerous “hardcore” place. He was way way too general.

123456 -

Has anybody considered the fact that somebody may have offered / given Sly an actual monkey?

Ludmila -

We brazilians seriously overreacted. Theres no need for all this campaign against SS because of an unfortunate comment. And it is true that, with a few more dollars on the final budget, authorities would have allowed the film crew to blow the Christ Redeemer. And all this slush that the BOPE has nothing to do with civil affairs… far as I know, the dealers are still civilians, or do they have founded a new country with its own army? I am Brazilian, and sometimes the blindness of my countrymen ashame me. But Sly is a public figure, an worldwide celebrity, I would think that by now he would have learned to keep his tongue inside his mouth. Imagine the opposite, imagine that Caetano Veloso and Rodrigo Santoro, brazilian celebrities with world renown, went to U.S., were exceptionally well received, and when they returned to Brazil, let loose in a large public event, coarse jokes about their stay in the country and the ignorance of Americans? I assure you that the reaction wouldn’t be that great either.

Kurt -

Well ,honestly if a guy make fun of a whole country to the world he is stupid our is just joking arrond ,but brazillian people shouldn’t take that too serious , there is a lot of jokes of every contry every day ._.

robotop -

The Dude: To dislike 190 million Brazilians because of this silly anti-SS campaign is pretty silly in itself.

Tadeu: Any *person* who has brains won’t see this movie…

Tadeu -

Any Brazilian who has brains won’t see this movie…

The Dude -

I’m actually starting to dislike brasillians because of this.

Giovanna -

Oh dear. I laughed so hard when I’ve read this. You people from United States say that we don’t have any sense of humour, but you whine a lot more when we, or anyone criticize your country! And by the way, Stallone’s movies are terrible. Or I’m just saying that because I dislike the U.S.
Ha ha, freedom? You guys are controlled by the midia and fastfoods!

Alex -

Even though his comments are very ignorant and disrespectful, it still does not change my desire to see the expendables movie; nor my feelings on my home country of Brasil.

Gunfrontier -

The Brazilians have no humor or what?
Some funny words of Stallone, and the Brazil become crazy !!!: it’s ridiculous.
You do not have some real problems to solve in your country?
With this history not important, you are about to ridicule you in the world.

brazil ftw -

Ok ok, you’re telling that brazilian people don’t have sense of humour, but if one famous person shame YOUR country, i’m pretty sure you won’t like. Sylvester Stallone told that it was just a joke, but it was a really BAD joke, it wasn’t funny. Just think about it.
And Sly told about monkeys like here in Brazil we live only in forests, it isn’t true.

Sorry my bad english. .-.

Film-Book dot Com -

Stallone, you dumbass. Why insult the country you just filmed in and that was happy to have you?

CC -

Security problems in Rio exist, people willing to do anything for a few bucks in Brazil-plenty, corruption-just about everywhere.

He may not have lied, but he has just become part of the problem, rather than of the solution. If you have a constructive contribution/comment to improve situation instead of so hurtfully critising, hats off. Feeling the need to use a country who I am sure welcomed him and his crew, just to own a cheap jab at a festival for the sake of his own popularity is not quite understandable. What has he gained?

Igor Gustavo -

Stallone thanks, here in Brazil is well explode and thank

MiriamGMendes -

oopss…in my previous text, pls read “…and the first chanCe he has to come public abt it…”

MiriamGMendes -

The guy goes to Brazil,with all that entourage, to shoot a film. There he is granted all sorts of ‘permits’, support, loggistics, etc. After shooting one more of his mediocre films, he goes back to the US, without payin’ all the debts (crew people hired here complained abt that) he accumulated here…and the first change to come public abt it all, he’s nothing but offensive, to say the least. His remarks abt the country are ridiculous, and he did it just for the hack of it!
One thing is for sure, if that’s the kind of PR he believes he needs to promote his movie, well, it was just a shot on his own foot! Brazil is one of the most valuable box offices markets for movies all over the world, and to smear it is not only a display of ignorance but of remarkable stupidity!
Criticism is OK, but that was not his intention…he said he aimed at a funny remark!
WELL, to be funny is definitely NOT his cup of tea, or his name would be SYLVESTER SEINFELD!
Miriam - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Misa -

sly never said anything about “blacks” or “African Americans” louis

what the hell are you talking about?

louis -

do you have problem with black people, Sly? cos if you do, it´s not just the brazilian people you call monkeys given the fact the brazilians don´t look too diferent like the african-american fellows you´re certainly (or you should be) thankful for helping you through your patetic carrer

Norm -

Brazilians have no sense of humour. They get offended when an outsider (gringo) says anything bad about the country. Its like the episode about Rio on The Simpsons… they seriously overreacted… everyone gets the piss taken out of them on that show and it takes the Brazilians to be offended and overreact. The Rio tourist board threatened to sue the producers…
Come on, to have a skull and guns and a knife on a police uniform (or any kind of police) is a bit weird, its funny. Everyone knows there aren´t monkeys everywhere… its a joke… they should just laugh it off, but having no sense of humour just attracts more outside attention and people are going to continue to make monkey jokes… its like landing in an Irish airport on top of empty beer bottles… its funny… The Irish laugh, everyone laughs.
I used to live in Brazil and as far as I could see they were more concerned about their image outside of Brazil, rather than trying to actually deal with some of the major problems in the country.(and yes, every country has problems). The city council would use tax payers money to have a ´free´ concert on the beach and everyone is happy again… no-one fights for anything there… they complain but don´t do anything about it… It doesn´t matter if you like Stallone or not or think he´s a good actor/director or not… I´d say the only reason he apologized is for box office reasons. Brazil is the country of the future and always will be!

Marcello -

Shut up stallone!
You´ve no brains. Just muscle.
Brasilians, who liked you in the past, hope you never come back.

Lolly -

Wish he would just come to Brazil again… Say that to OUR face, Stallone!
I’m definatellly not paying to see that movie! Hoope all Brazilians follow the example. Let’s see if we’re worthless like he said…

Jake -

Whoa. These Brazilians are a whiny bunch aren’t they? You all are seriously over reacting. The world isn’t out t get you. Learn to make fun of yourselves and enjoy it.

Jackie -

wow i was wondering what all the fuss is about and this is it? seriously? Brazil is starting an anti-sly campaign over this? I don’t even like him at all but it seems like Brazilians as a whole need to grow some thicker skin. What he said wasn’t funny, nor was it offensive. Just a silly comment… wow Brazilians really know how to get their panties in a wad over nothing. It must be all that hot weather, makes Brazilians irritable.

Tulio (rebelled Brazilian) -

SS, you want a monkey?looks in the mirror!
First the Robbie Williams, now you SS?

Andre -

The guy has thousands of fans in Brazil (there isn’t a single person here that doesn’t know Rambo or Rocky) and instead of criticizing the authorities about the problems he’s seen during his stay in Brazil, he’d rather go with a stupid preconceived joke. Saying that it’s OK to kill people in Brazil and they give you a monkey as a gift for that is like saying that everybody is obese and carry shotguns in USA and they will kill each other for a pizza or a hamburger. That was a very stupid and rude comment coming from a man that - at his age - should have learned to keep his mouth shut whenever he lacks the words to express his confused and BOTOX affected thoughts!

I live in Rio and we have violence and poverty issues as well as many other countries around the world. This sort of comment only help people having a stereotyped opinion about a country with very friendly people and surrounded by natural beauty.

John -

Hey “The Dude”, don`t get mad cos you suck on football. Oh, right, “foot”ball in the US is a game played with the hands! Hahahahaha You must definitely be republican, man, tell us the truth! hahahahaahah

The Dude -

You guys are seriously overacting. If something like this offends you then the problem isn’t in what Sly said - the problem is in you.

So stop your whining and join a soccer team!

Ana -

SS may just missed an opportunity to keep quiet. He is a famous and public person so he needs to watch what he says. Once said, there is no way to fix it. It is done deal. I have to agree his acting skills are very weak. I wonder if he did not have muscle, what he would be doing?

Ana -

any Brazilian person can give up his Brazilian citizenship. Why don’t you make yourself happier and give up your citizenship? That would be less shame for. And one less bad Brazilian in the world.

Beatriz -

We all know our problems here in Brazil, but the whole world knows US problems as well. I bet everybody here welcomed Sylvester and his staff very well and that’s how we are. We’re warm and kind to ALMOST everyone who seems to be nice to us. But if he misjudged us thinking we’re losers who let him do whatever he wants, we proved him wrong. He just showed he’s one of those people who don’t know anything about the things out of his little world: BOPE (the police he talked about), as someone has already explained, has nothing to do with civil issues. They’re fighting against drug dealers and their uniform is just a symbol of power. It’s strange, but it kind of works here. Drug dealers are very afraid of them and there’s even a movie here called “TRopa de Elite” that brings this subject.

What I think about all this? We overreacted a little bit, but that’s cause people tend to come here to OUR country and have fun and when they come back to their home, start to say awful things about us and Brazil. That’s not fair. Why the hell he came here? To blow things up here, as he said? No, there’s no need for it. His country already does this job for him. His country is the one who’s plenty of violence cause they practice it in other countries. We just have it here, as a social problem. Not a selfish and evil problem as Sylvester’s perfect little land.

Retro -

I don’t haven’t been able to find the other “jokes” he made, but I don’t think Stallone meant the joke about blowing stuff up as it sounds, I think he meant people took it as a great spectacle instead of a nuisance as it happens when movies filmed in other metropolitan areas and it’s just a nightmare to get something done.

Emanuela -

is he crazy? he doesnt know anything about BOPE…he should shut the f* up. he is a moron…ignorant.

Champ -

I’m brazilian as well and I have no problem with it. I’m actually pissed at brazilian demagogues flooding twitter with these stupid messages. We’re a screwed up contry and that’s it! We have to admit it so we can evolve.

Edy -

Why talk bad about Brazil?
Why does not he talk about the environmental disaster in the U.S.? How many animals (not monkeys, of course) died? Why does not he talks about the American serial killers? Why did he not speak of young people by shooting other young people in schools and colleges in the U.S.? The intelligent American people should not pay for his unfortunate phrases. I like Americans and like all people. In Brazil we have problems yes. Which country has no problem? I love Brazil and I love the world. Formal apology to Brazil with his mouth and not with a note.

Demetrius -

This might be the first time he visited Brazil. I hope he never came back. Stupid joke, he think that he is a good actor or person. He should look into his past and remember the whole thing he was involved that not make anyone proud of even the american people. Rambo gone a long time ago. Now is Rambotox..

tom -

His joke is completely nonsense. I’m Brazilian and live in a city considered the most pacific city in South and Central America and for me, he si just trying to generalize an idea of the country. And about the “police” in Rio cited in the text, it is the Special Operations Battallion (called BOPE) that fights against the drug traffic and has nothing to do about the civillian issues. The image of the skull with knife and guns is just to demonstrate its power over the trafficants.

Terry Thomas -

As a white Andover educated New York liberal football player who went to Vanderbilt University on a full athletic scholarship in 1965 and fell in love there with a brave African American princess, I can attest to the hatred that I saw unleashed against us, not only by my staunchly segregationist, white only, white supremacist, SEC football coaches, but people and Klan police still in control of the local community back there in Nashville during those dark days. In fact, I was threatened at gunpoint by two of Nashville’s “finest” and called a Yankee Commie n-lover and queer faggot before I was falsely arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. I was also reminded by these two white-knight crusaders for the absolute separation of rights and everything else that “nobody had been charged with killing them three boys over there in Mississippi - and they wasn’t gonna ever get charged with nothing neither, except for maybe violating they’s civil rights (guffaw).” Karen Ennis and the ACLU defended me and my Jewish activist friend (Paul Meroukis) pro bono. However, we lost our initial legal challenge to their sick system. But I refused to pay the fine. So, instead I got shipped off to the notorious Metro County Workhouse to await an appeal trial or the posting of my exorbitant appeal bond or enough time spent working on a real Cool-Hand-Luke type chain gang until my unpaid legal fees got covered by money earned at the paltry rate of $2.14 per day! Fortunately, the civil rights community in Nashville (mostly composed of black and enlightened white clergy) rustled up the funds for my appeal bond in just a few days. But not before some terrible terror damage to my cocky young psyche had already been sustained. That’s why I can only feel great sadness whenever I think about Goodman, Cheney and Schwerner - just young idealists who meant well and showed great courage when so many “good people” everywhere were saying, “yes it’s wrong but just leave it alone, don’t try to change things, don’t dare rile these people up again, ’cause they will hurt you, boy - oh yes they will.” I can only grieve when I think how brutally and savagely those three soldiers for justice were murdered by some of the most wicked men who used to run much of Southern society back in those days! I can only grieve and thank God that such evil men somehow let me slip through their snares and clutches and flee, back to Long Island, alive, to go on and live a full, good life since then! Thank God Almighty and God bless the memory of Goodman, Cheney and Schwerner. May we never forget their ultimate sacrifice - one that I’m so grateful I didn’t have to make. Actually, it’s quite likely that the ongoing investigation into their murders actually gave my Klan cop persecutors just enough pause to keep one of them from pulling the trigger on me and putting a bullet through my brain that awful night back in 1968.


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