Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Tulsa King’ reign began when he arrived to film scenes here last week.
The Oscar-nominated actor stars in “Tulsa King,” a Paramount+ series from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan.
Stallone shot scenes Tuesday at Tulsa International Airport. Travelers who went to the airport had a pleasant surprise: they got to see Sylvester Stallone at work.
The following scenes from “Tulsa King” were filmed at various locations in downtown Tulsa, including the Center of the Universe, the Mayo Hotel, Boston Avenue and Triangle Coffee Roasters, which warned guests in advance that ‘it would be closed for some something.
“We’re doing this top secret thing we mentioned,” said a March 29 post on Triangle Coffee’s Facebook page. “But it will be very cool!” (The store had, eight days earlier, announced that it would be closed from March 29 to April 1 for an unspecified filming project.)
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Ashley Hewitt picked up her child from preschool on Thursday and suspected cinematic activity was happening, so she stopped outside Triangle Coffee to capture a moment in history.
“It’s really, really cool,” she said.
Scott Weatherman was also among a small group of spectators outside Triangle Coffee.
“It’s exciting to see some Hollywood magic coming to Tulsa,” he said. “It’s not something you see every day, and it’s really good that Tulsa is getting a lot of publicity.”
At a minimum, Stallone’s presence in downtown Tulsa created a buzz. Downtown employees took photos of him from office buildings or from vantage points near filming locations.
When Stallone was at the Center of the Universe, one of the watchers wondered aloud what Stallone and the film crew must have thought of the onlookers. “Have you ever seen someone famous?”
But “Tulsa King” is a big deal (Sheridan seems to be doing the Midas thing), and it could have been a deal with Kansas City. The series was originally set to take place in Kansas City.
Stallone, in his first starring role on a television series, took on the role of Dwight “The General” Manfredi, a 75-year-old mobster who, after serving a 25-year prison sentence, is sent to Tulsa by the son of his former The Mafia Boss.
“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.
Although Stallone is a relative newcomer to Oklahoma (an Instagram video of his arrival has generated around 1.1 million views), he has a history with people at 918. For example, Jay’s late Tommy Morrison played alongside Stallone in “Rocky V” and Tulsa’s Gailard Sartain was in the cast of “Stop! Or my mother will shoot” with Stallone.
Max Casella (“The Tender Bar”), Domenick Lombardozzi (“The Irishman”), Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Jay Will (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) have been announced as additions to the cast of “Tulsa King”. before filming in Tulsa.
Casella will play Armand Truisi, an ambitious criminal operating under the patronage of the Invernizzi family.
Lombardozzi will play Charles “Chickie” Invernizzi, underboss and de facto boss of the Invernizzi crime family.
Piazza will play Vince Antonacci, Chickie’s henchman.
Will will play Tyson, a quick-witted, eagle-eyed college grad who acts tougher than he really is and longs for a life away from his roots.
Filming is expected to resume Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
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