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Sylvester Stallone This Is Us

This Is Us Casts Sylvester Stallone as Kevin's War-Movie Costar

Sylvester Stallone is entering the broadcast-TV acting ring, with a plum role — playing himself — on NBC’s This Is Us.

The film vet’s casting was announced by series boss Dan Fogelman on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where a Kleenex-worthy Season 2 scene was screened (read more about that here). Guest-starring in at least one Season 2 episode, Stallone will serve as Kevin’s costar/father figure in the Ron Howard movie the Pearson son was cast in at Season 1’s end.

Fogelman said that This Is Us‘ Milo Ventimiglia — who played son to Stallone in the sixth Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa — got the ball rolling toward the casting coup. Stallone’s few on-camera TV credits include episodes of Las Vegas and Dream On.

“Isn’t that amazing?” Justin Hartley marveled to TVLine after the show’s panel Q&A. “We have these big ideas on the show, and you hear about it through the grapevine and think, ‘Wow, that’s massive. How are we going to pull that off?’ Like, ‘I’m not sure he does television…,’ but man, I guess the show is that good that people are wanting to be a part of it at every level.”

Kevin and Sly are teamed up in “kind of like a war movie/period piece… a massive-budget, huge movie,” Hartley shared, “and we got the main man to come do it. It doesn’t really get better than that, does it?”

“We work out at the same gym sometimes, so I’ve met him [before],” Hartley said, noting that Stallone once gave him pointers on how to get pumped before a shirtless scene (“or 10”) he was doing for the movie sequel A Bad Moms Christmas.

This Is Us returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c.

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22 Comments
  1. Kay says:

    Is he playing himself? Or will he be given a character?

  2. april-ann says:

    How about someone: 1. A little more current? 2. Who can act? 3. Hotter? (He is not hot).

    • Brigid says:

      1. Acting Legend
      2. Can act
      3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    • Hannah says:

      1. Hmm, he’s current enough – Creed was quite a big film that only came out a year and a half ago, and they’ve already announced that a sequel will be coming out in the next year or so.
      2. Agreed. I find him to be quite a bad actor, and his praise for Creed seemed to come from a nostalgia standpoint instead of from actual talent. Michael B Jordan acted in circles around him.
      3. Does every actor need to be hot? Regular looking people exist, too!

  3. april-ann are you kidding me not every actor has to be hot and hes a golden globe winner he is an amazing actor

    • Hannah says:

      Having a Golden Globe doesn’t automatically make you an amazing actor. Lady Gaga is a Golden Globe winner. Enough said.

      • E. D. Boddy says:

        Get beyond the dopey stuff like the meat dress, and Lady Gaga is actually quite talented. (NOW enough’s been said.)

        • Hannah says:

          You could make an argument for her talent as a entertainer/singer, but that doesn’t automatically translate to acting talent. And her role on AHS proved that.

  4. Tennisnsun says:

    Fantastic idea! This show is full of innovative ideas that surprise us and keep us guessing.

  5. Mia says:

    Oh great, here comes the stunt casting. NBC is going to ruin this show.

    • Lauren says:

      Right? I cannot believe they went out of their way to hire an actual movie star to play a movie star in their movie story line. Such a stunt!!!!! /sarcasm

      • Kayla says:

        ummm, you do realize that they wrote in a part for said movie star into the script, right?? That is an actual prerequisite for the stunt.

        • E. D. Boddy says:

          ummmm, nothing said the role was created w/Stallone in mind. (Don’t you hate people who start posts with “ummmm”?

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Big casting news for the show. Looking forward to see Sylvester in the new season.

  7. tony says:

    is ron howard still directing kevin’s movie?

    • Aztexan says:

      As much as Howard hate’s acting, and especially hates playing himself on screen, I don’t think that teaser is going to pan out.