‘Tulsa King’ Stars Collaborating With Sly Stallone: ​​​​’Wonderful And Terrifying’

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Andrea Savage morphs from her signature comedic persona into a dramatic role in Tulsa King. Savage, 49, told The Post about her starring role as pursued ATF agent Stacy Beale in the Paramount+ series, produced by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) and starring Sylvester Stallone (in the early days). debut on television) as New York City crime boss Dwight “The General” Manfredi, who is sent to Oklahoma City by his bosses to explore the city’s untapped (and lucrative) underworld market. “I was really looking [a dramatic part] and I kind of carried it out into the world,” Savage said. “I want to do something that scares me and feels like something exciting and new… and when Taylor Sheridan, Terence Winter and Sylvester Stallone come to you, you don’t have to follow much. I thought, ‘Sure. Oklahoma? In six months? I’m in.’” The timing was spot on for Savage (Hulus’ parody of The Hotwives, Veep) as her truTV comedy series I’m Sorry was abruptly canceled after the reboot. Extension for a third season. “We’re in the middle of a photo shoot [Season 3], then we closed during COVID and then went into a merger,” she said. “I don’t think I’m ready for another comedy show.”

Andrea Savage transitions from comedy to drama as ATF agent Stacy Beale in Tulsa King. Brian Douglas/Paramount+Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott in a scene from their Hulu series "I am sorry." Savage was wearing a blue sweater and smiled at Scott, who was looking down.  He is wearing a plaid shirt. Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott in Season 2 of the Hulu series I’m Sorry. ©TruTV/Courtesy Everett CollectSavage says it’s Winter, the host of “King Tulsa” (and one of the producers). his manager), who recruited her for the role. “[Winter] has used people from humorous backgrounds in his projects in the past, from Steve Buscemi (“The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ray Romano (“Vinyl”), so he thought that’s why he came to me, to be honest be , he had to convince some people,” she said. “It wasn’t a fall. It’s a long and two-way process. I finished reading [for the role]. There are a lot of people involved and with a project like this a decision has to be made. “I Had To Fight For It” After Savage won the casting war, it was time to meet Stallone on the set of “Tulsa King” while he was filming a scene. [in Episode 1] in which Dwight, 75, meets Stacy at a strip club (they eventually get fired). She said: “It was amazing and scary, it was my favorite place. “I was sitting in Oklahoma staring at Sylvester Stallone and saying, ‘My life has taken such a wonderful, weird left turn. How did I get here?’

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Sylvester Stallone as Dwight "General" Manfredi a "King Tulsa"Sylvester Stallone as New York gangster Dwight “The General” Manfredi in Oklahoma City. Brian Douglas/Paramount+”The ice is broken [with Stallone] relatively quickly,” she says. “I’ll be honest; I was so scared on day one. We had never met before we had to do that scene [Stacy] is the kind he encounters in strip clubs. But he’s great. He’s just larger than life. I know it’s a cliché people throw around, but it really is. We started going through scenes and he was always using his arm and gesturing in that scene and I said ‘Oh you do a lot of things with your hands’ and it made him laugh. . “He said, ‘Oh, you’re funny,’ and we started the race. He’s very good at making people feel more comfortable around him because I think he knows he’s scary and likes comedy – so I guess I’m a bit of a “fan” according to him . this way. The 10-episode series premiered on November 13, with new seasons coming out every Sunday (paramountplus.qflm.net/9WG5D0), so there’s nothing to get confused with this one. Savage can’t reveal too much about how the rest of Season 1 will pan out for Stacy, but she did share a few tidbits. “I don’t think any of us know how funny that would be [in the series] but I think Sly really likes comedy,” she said. “It’s going to be more dramatic, at least for Stacy. There will be inherently funny moments, but there’s not much to laugh about with Stacy. “She’s an ATF agent and knows what she has to do, but I would say that intent and follow-up often don’t go well together, especially when you’re alone,” she said. “We’re learning more as we continue why she’s in Oklahoma.” She’s had a tough time and she’s been battling many demons… and part of the film is about the characters assessing their place in life. She’s going through it, just like Dwight, she said. “She was a little broken down, a woman in her 40s, lost, a little bit of an alcoholic and PTSD. “She should probably see a therapist more often than she does now.”

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