A bodyguard swings open the door of the trailer. Stallone's elder son, 14-year-old Sage Moon-blood Stallone, steps in. Sage plays Rocky's son in V. He's a quiet, polite kid who seems to love his dad. Sly dispenses some fatherly wisdom: "Remember, D.T.A."
"Don't trust anyone."
Sage nods sagely and leaves.
"Sage is the benefactor of all my mistakes," Stallone says. "Everyone thinks he'll be Son of Rocky in the next sequel, and probably he thinks so, too." But Stallone says he won't let him. "That would have a Vesuvian effect on him," he says. "He'd be buried in my hypercritical lava." Sage, he says, has brains but not desire. "Growing up in Hollywood, the first word you learn isn't Mommy. It's Lim-o."
There's no end to Stallone's desire. After Oscar, he has a four-picture deal with Carolco. One of the movies is a comedy costarring John Candy. Someday Stallone may even get to play his hero, Poe. He still thinks the screenplay of Poe's life he wrote back in the '70s may be his best' work. "No American artist was more misunderstood," he says. "He was scorned as a lunatic instead of hailed as a visionary. The truth is, he didn't know the game. He was like Rocky."
Until then, Stallone is comfortable doing a farce like Oscar, though he may miss getting slugged in the face. "I tried to write in a crucifixion scene," he says Slyly, "but they wouldn't let me."