Most of the time, the universe wants to see you happy, but sometimes it wants to confuse you with decisions like this: Sylvester Stallone has been cast in the upcoming second of NBC’s hit show This Is Us.
Let’s walk back through this. Remember in the Season 1 finale, when Kevin had just rekindled a relationship with his long lost ex-wife in New York, and then he got a phone call to do a movie with Ron Howard? Apparently, Stallone has been cast as Kevin’s co-star in the fictional film. He’s allegedly set to be Kevin’s mentor, but those character details are still unclear.
Dan Fogelman, the show’s creator, writer and director, revealed this information on Thursday during the TCA press tour. Not much was explained except for the father-figure importance the classic actor will have. We don’t know if Sylvester Stallone will play Sylvester Stallone, if Sylvester Stallone will be given a character, or if Sylvester Stallone will play a character in Ron Howard’s film but still be Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us. There are lots of exciting possibilities at play. I’m hoping for the triple threat: Sylvester Stallone plays Sylvester Stallone in a fictional Ron Howard production while also playing Sylvester Stallone on This Is Us.
Fogelman did discuss, however, how all this came about. They were looking for a big name to fit into Kevin’s life, especially after all the emotional breakthroughs he had about his father, Jack, played by Milo Ventimiglia. After co-starring with Stallone on the (real) film Rocky Balboa, Ventimiglia got in touch with Stallone’s people, and here we are.
An interesting thought is how this might all play into the mysterious death of Jack. The season foreshadowed a pivotal moment for the family — Kevin, Kate, Randall and Rebecca — and what might have happened to Jack. But the finale left us even more in the dark than we were. Maybe with this new father figure in the picture, more about the actual father will be revealed.
Until then, let’s just keep imagining all the combinations of Stallone playing a character of himself while playing a character of himself.