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Robert De Niro And Sylvester Stallone Face Off At Rome 'ÂGrudge Match' Premiere

Robert De Niro And Sylvester Stallone Face Off At Rome '˜Grudge Match' Premiere

01/08/2014

Grudge Match stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone put up their firsts while attending the film’s premiere in Rome, Italy on Tuesday.

'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere

Stallone arrived at the event in a slim-fitting dark gray suit and tie, with a burgundy shirt. His costar De Niro, appearing a bit more casual, donned gray suit pants with a navy blazer and accessorized with a newsboy cap. Posing in a ring on the red carpet, the duo faux-boxed against one another.

By casting Stallone and De Niro in the main roles in the aging boxer flick, Grudge Match forces comparisons to the actors’ earlier roles – Stallone as Rocky Balboa and De Niro as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. In Grudge Match, the two play rival boxers Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro).

Stallone's 'Grudge Match' Reservations

Grudge Match, directed by Peter Segal and with a screenplay by Tim Kelleher, initially excited De Niro more that Stallone, who didn’t want to mess up a good thing – the end of the Rocky movies.

''I had a great many reservations,” Stallone admitted recently. “[De Niro] is relentless, don't let that quiet demeanor fool you. I was being precious about Rocky. I was very happy with the way it ended. But Bobby just kept hammering away. Finally, he made sense. I talked to my wife and said, 'Maybe it would be interesting to take the good baggage and pit it against another iconic character because it'll never happen again.' ''

Grudge Match is currently in wide release.

– Chelsea Regan

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