Sylvester Stallone accused of disparaging extras on television show

 April 10, 2024

Veteran Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone gained attention in 2022 when he began playing mobster Dwight Manfredi on the television series "Tulsa King."

Yet Stallone made headlines for a less welcome reason this week after he was accused of insulting extras on the show. 

Casting agent quits show

According to Breitbart, that allegation was raised on Sunday by Rose Locke, who owns the Atlanta-based casting company CL Casting.

The firm released a statement announcing that it would no longer be involved with "Tulsa King" due to Stallone's alleged behavior.

"We wanted to send you an update on the happenings here in our casting world. We have chosen to part ways with Tulsa King. We will be finishing up next week and the 12th will be our last day," the statement read.

Stallone and director accused of calling extras "ugly"

"We send well wishes to whomever takes over the show. We thank all of you great background artists for your continued support," it went on to add.

Stallone and "Tulsa King" director are said to have disparaged a number of extras as being "ugly" and a "tub of lard" while singling out one man for being a "fat guy with cane."

What's more, Stallone is also accused of declaring that he wanted to be surrounded by "pretty young girls" while on set.

However, Zisk, who also serves as the show's executive producer, said to TMZ that neither he nor Stallone insulted any of the extras.

Director denies that star was insulting, blames Locke for miscasting scene

Rather, he told the website that Locke was not on the set during the time in question and had improperly cast the scene.

Zisk claimed that while the show needed actors between the ages of 25 and 35 to fit the atmosphere of a "hip, young bar," Locke had found actors who were considerably older.

The director asserted that he nevertheless used the extras and praised them for being "polite and did their jobs" but told Locke that in the future she needed to submit headshots of extras so he could ensure that they fit the scene.

Zisk then alleged that when informed of this, Locke objected and said she did not "work that way" and quit shortly thereafter. Zisk also disputed the contention that Stallone demanded "pretty young girls" and pointed out that his wife was on hand during filming.

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