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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.”

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!”

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… Read more »

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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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Justin Hartley and Renée Elise Goldsberry Receive ‘Critics Choice Award’ TV Nominations

Soap alumni showed up in this year’s television nominations for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards.   

The awards will be given out on January 9th on a simulcast live that air on both the CW and TBS in the East from 7-10PM.  It will be tape delayed for west coasters.

In the running for the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series is This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (Ex- Adam, Y&R and Fox, Passions) for his role as Kevin Pearson, and in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category, former One Life to Live favorite Renée Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) scored for her work on the Peacock streaming series, Girls5eva.

This Is Us also scored for Best Drama Series and a Best Actor in a Drama Series nod for Sterling K. Brown (Randall), as well as his on-screen lady love, Susan Kelechi Brown (Beth), in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

HBO’s Succession led the nominations with 8, followed by Mare of Easttown and Evil with five nods.

You can check out the full list of TV nominees here.

So, happy to hear Justin and Renée scored nominations for their performances? Comment below.

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Ingo Rademacher Speaks Out On His Dismissal From GH Sharing: “I Was Hoping to Play Jax For Another 10 or 25 Years and Unfortunately, That’s Not Going to Happen”

For the first time since he was fired for not adhering to General Hospital’s and Disney/ABC’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax), addressed his exit from the soap opera via an “official video” message on his Instagram account.

Ingo expressed: “I’m sorry that I didn’t put out this video earlier, but this is about thanking you guys, the fans of the show and also the GH crew and cast. I was on the show for 25 years. They were like my family a lot of the people there. I was hoping to play Jax for another 10 or 25 years and unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. I want to thank you guys for sticking with Jax for 25 years and I’m sorry that I’m not there anymore to play Jax, which is still something that I am trying to process  … it’s just kind of crazy.”

Rademacher also took aim at his former co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) for announcing on Twitter that he was no longer on the show, before he had a chance to do so, which he says was a huge disappointment to him given that they worked together for 25 years.

He went on to say how he appreciated all the positive comments from the fans adding, “A lot of you come on there to say that you’re vaccinated but stand for medical freedom, I love hearing that, because I believe it should be a choice.”  Ingo continued to express his view, “I don’t agree with vaccine mandates or corporations ever being able to mandate a vaccine to keep your job.”

The actor closed with another nod to the viewers of GH adding, “Thank you so much for supporting me for 25 years. I will have more news later on, but for now, just wanted to thank all of you amazing fans. Thank you.”

You can watch Rademacher’s full statement via his IG post below.  Then, let us know what you thought of Ingo’s long-awaited exit message in the comment section.

 

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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