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Sylvester Stallone shoots scenes for ‘Tulsa King’ at Tulsa International Airport | Television

Some travelers flew into Tulsa International Airport on Tuesday and got a pleasant surprise: They got to watch Sylvester Stallone at work.

Stallone stars in the Paramount + series “Tulsa King.” Filming in Tulsa began Tuesday at the airport, with Stallone arriving on set in the morning to film interior and exterior scenes.

Pat Ratzlaff of Kalamazoo, Michigan, came to meet relatives at the airport and, after learning that part of the airport had been turned into a film set, stopped to take pictures of Stallone from the upper level from a parking lot across the street. .

On Tuesday, extras film a scene from the Paramount + series “Tulsa King” at Tulsa International Airport.

Mike Simons, Tulsa World

“You don’t see something like this every day,” Ratzlaff said.

Mission accomplished, Ratzlaff said this before walking away: “I’m excited. I saw it. I have his picture.

Filming for “Tulsa King” was scheduled to take place Tuesday through Thursday at multiple locations in Tulsa. Some streets in downtown Tulsa are closed due to their proximity to filming locations.

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From “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, “Tulsa King” stars Stallone as 75-year-old mobster Dwight “The General” Manfredi, who, after being released from a 25-year prison sentence, is sent by the son of his former boss to moved to Tulsa.

“The ‘Tulsa King’ is a very interesting story,” Stallone said in a video when the adventure was announced. “He’s a lifelong gangster. He took the fall of his bosses and went to jail for 25 years and kept his mouth shut, and now he’s out. Next thing you know, he’s in Tulsa. He now has to start a new life and create a gang because they want him to earn a living. This is where the fun begins.

A press release about the series said, “Realizing his mafia family may not have their best interests in mind, Manfredi slowly builds a ‘crew’ from an unlikely cast of characters for the show. help establish a new criminal empire in a place that for him might as well be another planet.

“Tulsa King” marks Stallone’s first starring role in a television series. Stallone announced his arrival in Oklahoma last week via a social media post in which he referred to Oklahoma as the “Paris of the Southwest.” The Instagram post has been viewed over a million times.

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Sylvester Stallone dons sunglasses while filming a scene for the Paramount + series “Tulsa King” at Tulsa International Airport on Tuesday.

Mike Simons, Tulsa World

Max Casella (“The Tender Bar”), Domenick Lombardozzi (“The Irishman”), Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Jay Will (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) were announced last week as part of the ” Tulsa King’ throw.

Stallone’s arrival at Tulsa International Airport was preceded by a legion of extras who, before dawn, lined up outside the airport entrance. The extras were dressed as airport travelers from all walks of life for scenes shot in one of the airport’s baggage claim areas. They rested on chairs above the box office before rehearsals and during breaks.

Security sentries were posted near filming sites at the airport, and some visitors experienced minor rerouting inconvenience when traveling to and from where they needed to go inside the airport.

Dottie Creason of Tahlequah was among them.

“But we enjoyed the airport,” she said. “It’s the most beautiful airport I’ve been to actually.”

Creason was at the airport picking up a friend from New York. Before getting into his vehicle at the parking lot, they stopped to catch a glimpse of Stallone and the crew of the “Tulsa King.”

“Now we can say we saw Sylvester Stallone at the Tulsa airport,” she said.