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Stallone and De Niro to face off as two retired boxers in Grudge Match!

Oct. 12, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Rocky and La Motta

Every once in a blue morning, I hear about some news so utterly unexpected that it wakes me up like an adrenaline shot slammed straight into my heart. This is one of those mornings, and this is the news that did so to me:

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are going up against each other as retired boxers in the newly-announced movie GRUDGE MATCH. And no, this isn't the first entry for some October Fools Day - "Entourage" creator/writer Doug Ellin wrote the script, Kevin Hart (THINK LIKE A MAN) has come on board as the fight promoter who orchestrates the whole thing, Peter Segal (GET SMART) is set to direct, and the movie has already been green lit by Warner Bros. This is happening, and I know several people who are going to have to change their shorts after hearing about this. If nothing else, i'm curious to see what sort of shape De Niro gets in for the part, as he's already expressed that he doesn't "really see himself recapturing the killer shape he got into when he starred in RAGING BULL and in CAPE FEAR."

But what do you think? Does this match-up mark the culmination of your boxing movie dreams, or will you find it tough to take a battle between the two cinematic icons seriously at this point in their lives and careers?

Stallone and De Niro

Extra Tidbit: You knew I was going to ask this, but: who would win, Rocky or La Motta?

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6:47PM on 10/12/2012
So it's Rocky vs Jake, but is this more of a comedy or a drama, since Peter Segal is known for comedies?
So it's Rocky vs Jake, but is this more of a comedy or a drama, since Peter Segal is known for comedies?
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6:08PM on 10/12/2012
The fuck? This is like the boxing match-up of the century!
The fuck? This is like the boxing match-up of the century!
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5:42PM on 10/12/2012
This actually sounds like a lot of fun.
This actually sounds like a lot of fun.
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4:10PM on 10/12/2012
Stallone should do another boxing movie. He just should not do another Rocky. Rocky 6 concluded the franchise very well. DeNiro should do another film like Analyze This. Potentially, both Stallone and DeNiro autopsy and parody some of their most famous roles in Grudge Match. I would love to see such a film. Furthermore, both actors are babyboomers, and babyboomers believe in never, ever getting too old. Thus, this project speaks to a generation too.
Stallone should do another boxing movie. He just should not do another Rocky. Rocky 6 concluded the franchise very well. DeNiro should do another film like Analyze This. Potentially, both Stallone and DeNiro autopsy and parody some of their most famous roles in Grudge Match. I would love to see such a film. Furthermore, both actors are babyboomers, and babyboomers believe in never, ever getting too old. Thus, this project speaks to a generation too.
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3:08PM on 10/12/2012

Awesome...

All you haters, lighten up. If anything this will at least be entertaining and a fun spectacle to watch. At best, this good be a great movie, and I can see at least a few different approaches this movie could be taken to achieve success. It can take a serious dramatic route, or be a movie that focuses on having a cool, macho, bloody, appeal.
All you haters, lighten up. If anything this will at least be entertaining and a fun spectacle to watch. At best, this good be a great movie, and I can see at least a few different approaches this movie could be taken to achieve success. It can take a serious dramatic route, or be a movie that focuses on having a cool, macho, bloody, appeal.
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3:08PM on 10/12/2012

Awesome...

All you haters, lighten up. If anything this will at least be entertaining and a fun spectacle to watch. At best, this good be a great movie, and I can see at least a few different approaches this movie could be taken to achieve success. It can take a serious dramatic route, or be a movie that focuses on having a cool, macho, bloody, appeal.
All you haters, lighten up. If anything this will at least be entertaining and a fun spectacle to watch. At best, this good be a great movie, and I can see at least a few different approaches this movie could be taken to achieve success. It can take a serious dramatic route, or be a movie that focuses on having a cool, macho, bloody, appeal.
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11:25AM on 10/12/2012
I think I remember when NOBODY was attached to this thing. Can't argue with that match-up. Hey, maybe De Niro can't get in the same shape, but it'll mean he's at least gotta do SOME work. And that will hopefully mean he'll be invested in the character a little more.

I think, in movie world, Rocky Balboa was a heavyweight while Jake LaMotta wasn't. But Jake would win because he's a real guy and Rocky's a movie character.
I think I remember when NOBODY was attached to this thing. Can't argue with that match-up. Hey, maybe De Niro can't get in the same shape, but it'll mean he's at least gotta do SOME work. And that will hopefully mean he'll be invested in the character a little more.

I think, in movie world, Rocky Balboa was a heavyweight while Jake LaMotta wasn't. But Jake would win because he's a real guy and Rocky's a movie character.
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1:27PM on 10/12/2012
Rocky was based on a true story of the fight between Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali.
Rocky was based on a true story of the fight between Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali.
11:18AM on 10/12/2012

No offense, but this was reported a loooong time ago.

I guess it was just greenlit, but they were reported as being in negotiations for it a while back. Given the director and the screenwriter, it will probably be pretty mediocre. Really wish Bobby D would go back to working with Scorsese, but frankly, I don't think he has the interest in acting that he once did. Seems to just eat up these easy, lazy roles for the $$.
I guess it was just greenlit, but they were reported as being in negotiations for it a while back. Given the director and the screenwriter, it will probably be pretty mediocre. Really wish Bobby D would go back to working with Scorsese, but frankly, I don't think he has the interest in acting that he once did. Seems to just eat up these easy, lazy roles for the $$.
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11:16AM on 10/12/2012
Sounds like a comedy, which could work if its R-rated Slap Shot style. Its a bit interesting in a 'Copland' way of seeing these two Italian actors who broke out in the 70s. But odds are this will end up mainstream awfulness that will be the equivalent of watching LaMotta & Rocky practice "Who's On First" shirtless in front of a mirror for 90 minutes.

Extra Tidbit: Rocky, but LaMotta would delude himself into thinking he won.
Sounds like a comedy, which could work if its R-rated Slap Shot style. Its a bit interesting in a 'Copland' way of seeing these two Italian actors who broke out in the 70s. But odds are this will end up mainstream awfulness that will be the equivalent of watching LaMotta & Rocky practice "Who's On First" shirtless in front of a mirror for 90 minutes.

Extra Tidbit: Rocky, but LaMotta would delude himself into thinking he won.
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11:04AM on 10/12/2012
Please tell me this is a joke.
Please tell me this is a joke.
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10:59AM on 10/12/2012
De Niro should go method again. Beef up like Stallone. Man this film could rock.
De Niro should go method again. Beef up like Stallone. Man this film could rock.
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10:42AM on 10/12/2012
April Fools?
April Fools?
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10:22AM on 10/12/2012
Maybe to save to us from the horror of seeing moobies flapping around (if it wont be that raunchy), the story could be these retired boxers each trains a protegee who dukes it out on their behalf. Y'know like better fighter=better trainer and vice-versa or something.

extratidbit: La Motta
Maybe to save to us from the horror of seeing moobies flapping around (if it wont be that raunchy), the story could be these retired boxers each trains a protegee who dukes it out on their behalf. Y'know like better fighter=better trainer and vice-versa or something.

extratidbit: La Motta
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10:11AM on 10/12/2012
Definitely one of the coolest stories in a while. It'll be great to see those two duking it out, plus you know the marketing for this film is going to be pretty badass. Stallone absolutely dwarfs de Niro though so you're right, it'll be interesting to see what kind of shape he gets himself into for the role.
Definitely one of the coolest stories in a while. It'll be great to see those two duking it out, plus you know the marketing for this film is going to be pretty badass. Stallone absolutely dwarfs de Niro though so you're right, it'll be interesting to see what kind of shape he gets himself into for the role.
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10:11AM on 10/12/2012
Definitely one of the coolest stories in a while. It'll be great to see those two duking it out, plus you know the marketing for this film is going to be pretty badass. Stallone absolutely dwarfs de Niro though so you're right, it'll be interesting to see what kind of shape he gets himself into for the role.
Definitely one of the coolest stories in a while. It'll be great to see those two duking it out, plus you know the marketing for this film is going to be pretty badass. Stallone absolutely dwarfs de Niro though so you're right, it'll be interesting to see what kind of shape he gets himself into for the role.
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9:53AM on 10/12/2012
I kinda like the idea of elderly people beating the geritol out of each other.
I kinda like the idea of elderly people beating the geritol out of each other.
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