SAG-AFTRA's Reaction to Alleged Sylvester Stallone Comments on 'Tulsa King' Set
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SAG-AFTRA's Reaction to Alleged Sylvester Stallone Comments on 'Tulsa King' Set

11 April 2024
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SAG-AFTRA's Reaction to Alleged Sylvester Stallone Comments on 'Tulsa King' Set

SAG-AFTRA Fires Back

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has recently addressed the controversy surrounding alleged derogatory remarks made by Sylvester Stallone towards background actors on the set of “Tulsa King.” The show is currently filming its second season in Atlanta and Oklahoma.

Union’s Stand

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter on April 10th, a representative from SAG-AFTRA emphasized the critical need for respectful conduct towards all performers on production sets. The spokesperson reaffirmed the union’s unwavering commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for all cast members.

The Incident

The controversy stems from an incident on the “Tulsa King” set, where Stallone and an unidentified director allegedly made derogatory remarks about the appearances of some background actors. Thomas Mooneyham, a background actor, shared his experience with Deadline, expressing his feelings of being targeted by these comments.

Further Allegations and Denials

Additional allegations surfaced, including Stallone’s supposed request for “pretty girls” on set. However, Craig Zisk, the executive producer and director, refuted these claims. He stated that Stallone never made inappropriate comments and that Stallone’s wife, Jennifer Flavin, was present during the alleged incident.

Casting Company’s Decision

Amid the controversy, the Catrett-Locke Casting company, responsible for extras casting, announced their decision to sever ties with the production. In a statement posted on their Facebook page on April 7, they expressed their gratitude to the background artists and extended their best wishes to the future team taking over “Tulsa King.”

Stallone’s Role

Prior to these developments, Stallone had expressed enthusiasm for his role as Dwight “The General” Manfredi in the crime drama. The show also features Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Savage, Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Piazza, and Frank Grillo.

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