Why Sylvester Stallone did Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

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Sylvester Stallone discusses one of his biggest box office disapoointments – and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s part in the story.

The latest star to do a Q&A in the midst of lockdown via their social media channel? That’d be Sylvester Stallone, who has been answered a bunch of questions via Instagram. And he’s been addressing one of his most infamous box office disappointments, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

He made the film in the early 90s, his second foray into outright comedy following Oscar. The 1992 comedy co-starred Estelle Getty, was directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and was Stallone’s last movie before his career revival with Cliffhanger and Demolition Man the following year.

As part of the Instagram Q&A, then, Stallone was asked which of his film, given the chance, would he redo. And Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was his choice.

“The concept you saw was not the concept that was considered”, he explained of the finished film.

“The concept was more of a really hateful mother, like Throw Momma From The Train. She was terrible, she was horrible. The audience was supposed to dislike her. Then she comes live with me, and that creates all this tension”.

“Instead of doing that”, he continued, “they hired the most wonderful woman to play the part, Estelle Getty. She’s like America’s sweetheart, one of the Golden Girls. She’s the mother that everyone says god, I wish she could have raised me. It took all that tension away”.

And then he admitted what got him to sign on the dotted line in the first place: Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The only reason I did the movie was I thought Arnold was going to do it… he faked me out. He started the rumour that he wanted to do it!”

“It was a nightmare that he does not have to live with that I do”, Stallone grinned.

You can see the full Q&A right here – head to 4 minutes 45 seconds in for the Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot part…


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