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Justin Hartley On Working With ‘This Is Us’ Guest Star Sylvester Stallone & His Training Tips: "So Much Star Power He Brings To The Show … It’s Awesome"

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On Tonight’s episode of This Is Us (9PMEST/8PMCST) none other than Sylvester Stallone will be part of the drama and playing himself, when Kevin, played by Justin Hartley (Ex-Adan Newman, Y&R) is set to work in a major feature film with the icon, and while doing so gets a set visit from his sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz).

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Hartley recently, where he shared his thoughts on the opportunity to work with the man that made “Rocky” and “Rambo” household names, and how he even gleaned some tips on how to have your physique camera-ready for shirtless scenes, and more from Sly!

Hartley relates it was a very cool surprise to have Stallone come onto the smash hit series: “We do these big huge massive ideas and things on This Is Us.  Then you hear about it through the grapevine and think, ‘how are we going to pull that off?’  And then you hear the players they want to get for the story, and they say, ‘We are going to talk to this guy?’  I’m thinking, ‘I am not sure he does television!’ (Laughs) The show is that good though, that people want to be a part of it.  If you can get Sylvester Stallone to be a part of it then you know you are doing something right.  So much star power he brings to the show … it’s awesome.”

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As to what transpires when the starstruck Kevin meets Mr. Stallone, and what type of film they are supposed to be working on, Justin revealed: “It’s a kind of like a war movie, period piece.  It’s a big budget movie, and we got the main man to come to it, and so it doesn’t really get any better than that.”

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Working in scenes with Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us, was actually not Hartley’s first encounter with the film star.  Justin recalls, “I had actually met Sylvester Stallone, previously.  We work out at the same gym, sometimes.  One of the first questions I asked him, which was right before I filmed the movie, Bad Mom’s Christmas was because I had take my shirt off one, or two, or in ten of the scenes. (Laughs) I asked him, ‘What is a quick pump thing that you do right before scenes like that?’  I asked that because no one has done more than Sly has – maybe he and Arnold Schwarzenegger – those I would say are the two.  So, Sylvester gave me some pointers on how to look good before your scenes.  We talked about that, and we took some photos together.  He’s fantastic.  Sly is a guy who has been doing it for decades and decades,and doing it well, plus he has been writing, directing, painting, as well as acting.  The guy does it all!”

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Later, Justin would learn that Stallone actually thought he played for a major sports team when they first met!  “We did not talk about the show,” expressed Hartley  “I did not think he knew who I was at all, but I remember the day I came back to the gym.  One of the trainers told me, ‘Sly was asking what football team you played for?’ He thought I was a wide receiver!  I said, ‘That’s nice.  I will take that!’  Being an A-list celebrity, I can clearly say that Sly is also an amazing human.”

Make sure to watch This Is Us on NBC tonight, and let us know what you think of Justin’s comments on Stallone, and if you love Mr. Hartley as Kevin Pearson on the hit series in the comment section below!

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”This Is Us” is a powerful series..
It holds humor, intense drama, intruge, and it’s heart ..
It truly is a primetime soap that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
It is realistic life ..

Justin is awesome, the whole of the cast is perfection..

I actually look forward to the next episode.

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Sylvester Stallone : in my generation plus … I would go their and say… absolutely this man is an icon.

growing up.. in my family.. we grew up with: go their

John Wayne
Elvis
Bruce Lee

Rocky – yeah.. I love the underdog.. and have admired SS from the getgo. it’s more than – HIS – action films.. he resonated with the public.. no matter what “Hollywood” means

the American public and world around.. he made it

I just love when… actors who are from the old skool.. and yeah.. he may have.. 1976.. the era of old Hollywood accepted him.. and from Rocky to the expendables.. he melded his walk

I am so proud and honored that NBC “this is us” WON… and beat out so much of the cable outlet

MUST SEE TV… absolute

just a huge congratulations to the best guy(s) TWO Adams who are force to be reckon.. Y&R .. or is it CBS are so stupid to not bring back Michael Muhney.

SONY ! be real.

Justin Hartley – you have so much star … you are the best.. keep it

love you

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I love This is Us and Justin so does my friend,oh by the way nice look with the diaper ,I laughed so hard when I saw that just wish that it had fallen off lol. Justin is one hot looking man and on top of that he is a terrific actor.Deb and I just love you.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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