First Look: Stallone & De Niro Are Ready to Fight in 'Grudge Match'
Just last month, the first official photo from the boxing comedy Grudge Match debuted showing opponents Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro getting bothered by fight promoter Kevin Hart. Now a new photo shows Stallone and De Niro as "Razor" and "The Kid" just before entering the ring for a grudge match 50 years after the bitter rivals fought for the title. Director Peter Segal says Stallone was a little scared about poking fun at his iconic boxing persona "Sly had never really winked at his iconic character. And he was nervous. But once he got into it, he lost all the nervousness." Hopefully it will be worth it. Look!
Here's the new image from Peter Segal's Grudge Match from USA Today:
There should be a first trailer for the comedy coming soon, so stay tuned for that. And in case you're wondering just how they're going to decided whether Raging Bull or Rocky can win this geriatric boxing match, there are three different possibilities. In an interview with USA Today, Segal revealed that three endings were shot for Grudge Match. One has Stallone win, another has De Niro as the victor, and the third has them both die. Wait, what? That's seems a bit extreme. Is there maybe a typo and the paper mean "tie" instead of a more permanent ending for the boxers? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Grudge Match is directed by Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, My Fellow Americans, 50 First Dates) with a script from "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin and "Late Show with David Letterman" scribe Rodney Rothman. The story unites Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, known for iconic turns as boxers in Rocky and Raging Bull respectively, as two bitter boxing rivals who are coaxed back into the ring for a grudge match 50 years after they fought for the title. Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal also star in the film which Warner Bros. Pictures will bring to theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th, this winter. Cool?