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NBC's This Is Us did a great job in its first season of giving audiences a lot of characters with complicated lives and tear-jerking stories. Now it's been revealed that the show just locked down a surprising guest star for Season 2 in the person of movie legend Sylvester Stallone, and it sounds like this part will be somewhat of a departure from what we usually see from the action star. Stallone will be playing Kevin's co-star in the movie he's shooting.
It was announced today by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman during the Television Critics Association press tour that Sylvester Stallone will be working with Kevin on the big movie he booked at the end of Season 1. The finale saw Kevin, fresh off work in his off Broadway play, getting a call from Ron Howard and being invited to work on the director's new movie. Obviously, this turned out to be an opportunity that he couldn't turn down, so Season 2 will see him off to Los Angeles to film.
According to The Wrap, which was in attendance during the press tour, it sounds like Stallone will be playing himself in the show, just as Ron Howard did at the end of Season 1. Stallone will act as a sort of mentor and "father figure" to Kevin as he works on the film, which is something Kevin will probably be in great need of, seeing as this is his first big movie, and he's also had to leave New York and his ex-wife, Sophie, behind to embark on this new path.
Sylvester Stallone, of course, is best known for his work in films, especially those with a heavy basis in action. His TV work has been limited to a couple of appearances early in his career in the mid-1970s, one episode playing himself on Dream On in 1991 and two episodes of Las Vegas in 2005, where he played Frank the Repairman. The Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables star has seen his career revitalized after his emotional work in Creed in 2015 netted him a supporting actor Oscar nomination.
Dan Fogelman noted during TCA that the show wanted a big star to appear in the movie with Kevin (likely to really drive home how big this is for the actor), and that the fact that This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia knows Stallone well (having played his son in Rocky Balboa in 2006) played a huge part in why Stallone decided to take the part. We don't know right now how many episodes we can expect to see him on in Season 2, but Fogelman makes it clear that they "have a great script for him," so we can at least expect to see some great, emotional work from Stallone in the show.