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Stallone II

After years of muscling his way across the screen, Sylvester Stallone seeks a different label: serious actor.
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
Sylvester Stallone, Mar/Apr 98

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Stallone: The perfect smoking moment? OK. I would probably open a very fine bottle of wine or an Armagnac. And, I'd want to be watching a dramatic film. Not an action film, not a comedy. But a dramatic film. In the darkness of the room, the smoke would slowly filter out in front of the screen, rise up in this very sensual manner. The low light would refract through the wine glass. It's almost like I'm on the outside looking in and I have this constant stimulation of the palate. At both levels, wine and cigars. That to me is the perfect smoking experience. Or to smoke outside at night on a windless evening. Because I think the way the smoke dances on the air is also very appealing to me. I hate for it to blow on the wind out of my lips and it's gone.

CA: That's a problem on the golf course, isn't it?

Stallone: You're right. I usually have a golf cigar. I don't bring the good stuff out there.

CA: You say you are private about your smoking, but are there friends of yours that you share cigars with?

Stallone: Absolutely. When you have another fellow who is involved with the cigar as much as you are, then it's wonderful, kind of like the old peace pipe syndrome or whatever. You seem to be bound almost philosophically and you tend to be much more simpatico with that person. Not as argumentative for some reason.

CA: How so?

Stallone: Basically, you illuminate each other. "That's a good idea. Listen to this one. Listen to that one." There's nothing more frustrating than having a guest over who asks for a cigar since I'm smoking one. You naturally bring out a rare one because you want to impress him. They take three or four drags, but the first time it goes out, they put it in the ashtray and never lift it again. Let's just say this is equivalent to pulling my tooth out with a tractor. Or removing my kidney through my nose. It is that painful. I can't take my eyes off the cigar in the ashtray for the rest of the evening. And I'm going, "Does this individual know that this is like throwing down the gauntlet?"

CA: That's true. I wouldn't want to get you in that mood. What about a film like Copland? Did DeNiro and Keitel smoke cigars with you? Did you guys share some cigar moments there, too?

Stallone: Well, we definitely shared cigars, we shared the enjoyment of them. I know Bob is a big cigar lover and a connoisseur of wine and spirits, and the same with Harvey. When he gets a good cigar he's in hog heaven. People who smoke cigars tend to be much more patient than cigarette smokers because you have to nurture a cigar along. You don't just flick it and start a new one. Sometimes a cigar does not function perfectly and it takes a little bit of coaxing. Many people don't have the perseverance and the patience. They just flick it like a cigarette. I notice that. Some of the actors I work with are in a much more hyper mood. They'll reach for a cigarette and in the evening they'll go for a cigar. I can always tell the kind of moods they're in by their smoking choice.

CA: Do you prefer different sizes of cigar at different times of the day?


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