Dodger Thoughts reader Greg Brock pointed out the following. ... Ain't It Cool News has been submitting reader questions to Sylvester Stallone:
did you ever talked in the past with Arnold about movie-projects you could do together ?
Thanks in advance ... with kindest regards.
Stephan Kamieth - Frankfurt/Germany.
[Stallone:] The idea of working with Arnold came up twice - one was with John Hughes, and it was about a pair of neighbors that were determined to destroy one another with their back-and-forth everyday vendettas. It was based on an incident that actually happened with me and a neighbor named Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers. That didn't work out.
So many responses ... "And a pleasant good afternoon, whereever you may be. Today, Sly Stallone is going to TP my house. So pull up a chair ..."
I don't even care if the story is true or not, it's just mind-blowing to think about.
Update: Reader Andrew Shimmin found some details from a June 2002 Mitch Getz piece in Los Angeles ...
FORGET FIGHTING IN A PHILADELPHIA BOXING GYM OR THE JUNGLES OF Vietnam. Sylvester Stallone's obsession with litigation has taken him into a more civilized battleground--the courtroom. Since 1983 Stallone has been involved in 47 civil cases in Los Angeles County alone, 16 times as the plaintiff. "I'd love to be his lawyer," says one prominent L.A. attorney. Currently the actor is suing his former business manager, accusing him of giving bad stock advice. Here are a few of the clashes he has initiated, and one in which he defended himself against an L.A. icon. ...
THE CASE Vin Scully v. Stallone FILED May 1993 THE COMPLAINT The voice of the Dodgers claims that runoff from neighbor Stallone's yard caused millions of dollars in water damage to Scully's Pacific Palisades home. OUTCOME Scully wins.
Update 2: This Associated Press report forwarded by reader Travis puts the conflict even further back in time:
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Actor Sylvester Stallone will have to pay neighbor Vin Scully, the Los Angeles Dodgers announcer, about $69,000 under a split-decision jury verdict for flood damage at Scully's home.
A jury ruled 9-to-3 this week that 65 per cent of the blame for $106,407 in damage should be borne by Stallone, who had the former owner relandscape a hill separating the two houses in 1978.
Scully, the voice of the baseball team for 35 years and an NBC sportscaster, was disappointed the jury found him 20 per cent responsible, but was ''delighted that it's over,'' said his lawyer, Daniel Cathcart.
Stallone, in Vancouver filming Rocky IV, was pleased because the judge earlier had dismissed Scully's claims for $7-million in punitive damages, said his personal lawyer, Jack Bloom, who did not participate in the trial."