Sylvester Stallone shares playing polo with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan

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Gangster Sly: Sylvester Stallone has played a variety of characters throughout his storied career, but he finally gets a chance to play a gangster in Paramount Plus' Tulsa King

Sylvester Stallone has played a variety of characters in his storied career, but he finally gets a chance to play a gangster in Paramount Plus’ Tulsa King.

The 75-year-old actor was announced back in December as the star of the new series, which will premiere Sunday, November 13 on Paramount Plus.

The Rocky star revealed to ET that it was a chance encounter with Tulsa King and Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan while playing polo years earlier that led to his long-awaited gangster role.

Gangster Sly: Sylvester Stallone has played a variety of characters throughout his storied career, but he finally gets a chance to play a gangster in Paramount Plus' Tulsa King

Gangster Sly: Sylvester Stallone has played a variety of characters throughout his storied career, but he finally gets a chance to play a gangster in Paramount Plus’ Tulsa King

Taylor: The Rocky star revealed to ET that it was a chance encounter with Tulsa King and Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan while playing polo years earlier that led to his long-awaited gangster role

Taylor: The Rocky star revealed to ET that it was a chance encounter with Tulsa King and Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan while playing polo years earlier that led to his long-awaited gangster role

The new series follows New York mob capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone) as he is released from prison after 25 years.

Much to his surprise, he is summarily banished by his boss to open a business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, realizing the mob may not be watching over him in the way he had hoped.

Manfredi begins assembling a crew to build his own criminal empire in the most unlikely of locations.

Character: The new series follows New York mafia capo Dwight "The general" Manfredi (Stallone), who is released from prison after 25 years

Character: The new series follows New York mob capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone) as he is released from prison after 25 years

Empire: Manfredi begins assembling a crew to build his own criminal empire in the most unlikely of locations

Empire: Manfredi begins assembling a crew to build his own criminal empire in the most unlikely of locations

Series creator Taylor Sheridan has become a coveted asset on Paramount Plus, but years before his big break as a writer with 2015’s Sicario, he was a working actor who met Stallone at a horse ranch.

“My daughters and I practiced – I play a lot of polo; A long time ago people would say how can you afford this? I played with the worst horse in the world, but I learned and eventually, after making money, I started getting into…barrel racing,” Stallone began.

“It’s very, very delicate and I brought my daughters and Taylor Sheridan was in the same barn and he hadn’t made it yet,” Stallone said.

Creator: Series creator Taylor Sheridan has become a prized asset on Paramount Plus, but years before his big break as a writer with 2015's Sicario, he was a working actor who met Stallone at a horse ranch

Creator: Series creator Taylor Sheridan has become a prized asset on Paramount Plus, but years before his big break as a writer with 2015’s Sicario, he was a working actor who met Stallone at a horse ranch

Polo: “My daughters and I practiced – I play a lot of polo;  A long time ago people would say how can you afford this?  I played with the worst horse in the world, but I learned and eventually, after making money, I started getting into...barrel racing,” Stallone began

Polo: “My daughters and I practiced – I play a lot of polo; A long time ago people would say how can you afford this? I played with the worst horse in the world, but I learned and eventually, after making money, I started getting into…barrel racing,” Stallone began

Stallone added that he still acts, and I think he still did [2015’s] Sicario, just before the threshold, and I thought: “You know what, I’m going to do another Rambo, do you want to write it?”

Much to Stallone’s surprise, Sheridan dismissed Stallone and said, “No, I’m kind of busy with my own thing,” but that got her talking.

He added to Sheridan, “He ended up buying my daughter’s horse and then he bought a second one… but they’re the earliest beginning of his transformation into this megastar.”

Rejected: Much to Stallone's surprise, Sheridan dismissed Stallone, saying,

Rejected: Much to Stallone’s surprise, Sheridan dismissed Stallone, saying, “No, I’m kind of busy with my own thing,” but that got her talking

After Sheridan’s breakthrough hit “Sicario” in 2015, he won over fans and critics with the hit films “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River” before launching his hit series “Yellowstone” in 2018.

Stallone also revealed, “I’ve always wanted to play a gangster since… I basically started my career robbing everyone… but it never happened. I have my thoughts on why, but better late than never.”

“Taylor Sheridan wrote an idea, a script that was really good, and Terence Winter, who wrote Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, they put it all together and what you have is East meets West,” he added at the London Hotel for the UK launch event of Paramount+.

Gangster: Stallone also revealed,

Gangster: Stallone also revealed, “I’ve always wanted to play a gangster since… I basically started my career mugging everyone… but it never happened. I have my thoughts as to why, but better late than never.

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Author: “Taylor Sheridan wrote an idea, a script that was really good, and Terence Winter, who wrote Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, they put it all together and what you have is East meets West,” he added in the Londoner Hotel for Paramount+’s UK even launch

He added that his character “comes out of prison after 25 years expecting to be rewarded for shutting up and being betrayed.

When he’s sent to run Tulsa, “It’s a different world, a different kind of people, and he’s starting to settle into the western way of life. So it’s a combination of both. It’s a dark comedy, but it can also get rough.”

Stallone also hinted at a possible cameo at Yellowstone, saying, “Absolutely,” and he’s known Yellowstone star Kevin Costner “for centuries.”

Different world: When he's sent to run Tulsa,

Different world: When he’s sent to run Tulsa, “it’s a different world, a different kind of people, and he’s starting to settle into the western way of life. So it’s a combination of both. It’s a dark comedy, but it can also get rough.

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