“No one was going to buy me as a just cowboy”: Sylvester Stallone Knew He Would’ve Royally Sucked in Yellowstone

Though Yellowstone wasn't the right fit, Tulsa King finally fulfilled Stallone's lifelong dream of being a cowboy.

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  • Sylvester Stallone, the action star, always wanted to be a cowboy, but finding the right role was tough.
  • Luckily, Taylor Sheridan, the creator of Yellowstone, was the perfect person to make it happen.
  • After realizing Yellowstone wasn't a good match, Tulsa King became Stallone's dream come true.
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Action legend Sylvester Stallone has spent decades thrilling audiences with explosive action films, solidifying his place as a genre icon. But beneath all that, little did people know Stallone dreamt of becoming a cowboy.

Sylvester Stallone as Dwight "The General" Manfredi in Tulsa King
Sylvester Stallone as Dwight “The General” Manfredi in Tulsa King | Paramount Network

Enter Taylor Sheridan, the mind behind the modern phenomenon, Yellowstone and its numerous sequels. Sheridan’s ability to capture the grit and grandeur of the contemporary West resonated deeply with Stallone. Recognizing Sheridan’s talent as the key to unlocking this long-held desire, Stallone desired a collaboration, a chance that he could even trade in his muscles for.

Sylvester Stallone Didn’t Think He’d Be a Good Fit for the Yellowstone lore

Turns out, Sylvester Stallone‘s love for explosions wasn’t his only hidden talent. The action hero secretly yearned to be a cowboy, but finding the right gig was a tough job to pull off. However, Taylor Sheridan was the only man who could make this happen and he did.


Stallone knew Sheridan was the key, and even though he realized the Yellowstone lore wasn’t the perfect fit, fate opened new avenues with a project called Tulsa King. This match-made-in-cowboy-heaven lets Stallone finally ditch the guns for cowboy boots and fulfill his lifelong dream, all while making Sheridan’s day working with a legend. In an interview with Decider magazine, the action hero revealed,

I knew that no one was going to buy me as a just cowboy, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to play. Unbeknownst to me, Taylor was working on this project where this mafioso goes west and steps into that classic fish-out-of-water situation that we all love. When Taylor called and I read the script, I knew that the role of Dwight Manfredi taps into my desire to play that kind of cowboy character.

Yellowstone: A still from Season 3
Yellowstone: A still from Season 3 [Credit: Cam McLeod/Paramount Network]
Tulsa King follows the story of fresh out-of-prison, mafia capo “The General” played by none other than Stallone, who gets dumped in Tulsa, Oklahoma by his boss. Ignoring the great culture shock, he gathers a quirky crew to build a new criminal empire.

What Is Going to Happen Next in Tulsa King?

Stallone just spilled the beans on Tulsa King season 2! Looks like Dwight “The General” Manfredi might be in some hot water. The first season already ended on a cliffhanger arrest. Things are only going to get intense from here. Stallone gave fans a sneak peek into the courtroom drama with his Instagram caption,


I’m not supposed to be doing this, but I didn’t get here by following the rules,I’m in court. It’s going to be an interesting scene in Tulsa King. I’m enjoying the process. It’s different. We have to travel about an hour and a half to an old courthouse where I have to appeal my case. I’m my own lawyer, so that could turn out good or bad. Anyway I just wanted to drop [in] and let you know this is looking great. I think it’s a fantastic follow-up to the first season. So see you in Tulsa.

Sylvester Stallone in a still from Tulsa King
Sylvester Stallone in a still from Tulsa King | Paramount Network

The explosive season finale of Tulsa King threw a curveball when Dwight “The General” Manfredi found himself arrested by his love interest, ATF agent Stacy based on a flash drive gifted by Dwight himself.

Season 2 thus promises to move the story forward to delve into the legal chaos, with Stallone teasing a pivotal courtroom scene.  Regardless, fans are on the edge of their seats, eager to see how Dwight navigates all of this!

Tulsa King Season 1 is streaming on Paramount+ 


Written by Sampurna Banerjee

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Sampurna Banerjee, an ardent enthusiast of pop culture and movies, pours her passion into her role as a writer for FandomWire. With a penchant for Marvel, DC, and sitcoms, she has contributed over 400 articles, staying up-to-date to the entertainment industry's latest buzz. Moreover, she's penned over 300 articles for Animated Times and shared her work across several Instagram pages. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Calcutta University.