Sylvester Stallone Back on 'Tulsa King' Set Amid Casting Drama"

Key castings halt amid growing on-set controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
Sylvester Stallone Back on 'Tulsa King' Set Amid Casting Drama"
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1970s film icon and action hero Sylvester Stallone is currently tied up with the ongoing second season of his paramount+ show, "Tulsa King." He has been very active on social media in recent months, using that platform to help promote his show, but he has not spoken out on the latest allegations over a reportedly hostile environment on set.

The controversy centers around claims that Stallone and an unnamed director demeaned background actors regarding their appearances. This Monday, Stallone shared an Instagram post where he appeared in a striking lavender suit as his character Dwight "The General" Manfredi, without mentioning the ongoing controversy.

The post announced the ongoing shooting of the series, created by "Yellowstone" mastermind Taylor Sheridan. "Ringing the bell on location for Tulsa King part two," Stallone captioned the on-set image.

Casting Fallout Intensifies

The backlash from these allegations has led to significant departures from the production team.

Catrett Locke Casting publicly severed ties with "Tulsa King" after the nature of the accusations came to light. Similarly, on April 9, Rose Locke Casting disassociated from the project when disparaging remarks allegedly made by Stallone and a director surfaced, describing a background actor as "ugly," "tub of lard," and "fat guy with a cane." Rose Locke explained her decision to withdraw her agency from the series, citing a visit to the set that revealed a palpably toxic environment.

This environment was highlighted in screenshots shared on by a writer unaffiliated with the show. In response to the controversy, the actors' union SAG-AFTRA has stated, "There is no room on any set for disparaging comments to background actors or any performers," emphasizing the industry's stance against such behavior.

The series is produced by 101 Studios, which is currently investigating the claims. Craig Zisk, the episode's director at the time and the show's overall director and executive producer, denied the allegations. Speaking to TMZ, Zisk claimed the extras were incorrectly cast by Locke and intended for a younger demographic for a specific scene.

"Tulsa King" will be about Stallone's character, a newly freed mobster who is plotting to build a new criminal empire in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It emerged that the freshman season of the series was among the best performing on the digital platform Paramount+.

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