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Stallone flashes verbal side

It’s too easy to surmise, given Sylvester Stallone’s slightly slurred and deliberate manner of speaking (the result of facial nerve damage caused by rough forceps at birth), as well as his most enduring screen roles – “Rocky” and “Rambo” – that the man might not be a mental giant. But such assumptions could not be farther from the truth. During a recent interview with the Italiano stalliono, Stallone’s wry self-awareness and verbal dexterity emerged. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise; he’s written nearly two dozen films, including the “Rocky” franchise up until “Creed,” which was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, and earned Stallone an Oscar nomination this year.

Here are a few more of Sly’s bons mots, in edited excerpts from the conversation.

• On what Coogler faced and overcame in creating “Creed”: “What he did was take a caldron full of skepticism that was just really boiling over, and deliver something that was unbelievable and fresh.”

• How action movies hamper acting abilities: “If you begin to act, you begin to subliminally hear the audience going, ‘Fast forward, fast forward, lets go to the action.’”

• On why getting the warmly praised “Rocky Balboa” (2006) made was so important to him: “My career was, I won’t say in free fall. It was caught in some cave somewhere. It was staggering around in a dark cave with no torch.”

Farrakhan backs Beyoncé

Who needs the police when you have friends like Louis Farrakhan?

The head of the Nation of Islam has slammed critics of superstar performer Beyoncé. If police officers offended by her latest song refuse to staff her world tour, she can count on the Nation’s security team for protection, Farrakhan said.

His suggestion that the Fruit of Islam, or F.O.I., could provide protection at her shows is the latest twist in the fallout over Beyoncé’s new music video and her Super Bowl halftime show performance of the song, “Formation.” Some police officers and their supporters consider the song to be anti-law enforcement.

– New York Times

Buffett adds Long Island stop

Get ready, Parrotheads.

Jimmy Buffett will make his annual trip from Sag Harbor to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 25, part of his “I Don’t Know Tour” with the Coral Reefer Band.

“Summer on Long Island wouldn’t be complete without seeing Jimmy Buffett at the beach!” Jason Miller, president of Live Nation New York, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band back for another night of incredible music.”

Buffett, whose “Margaritaville” was just inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame earlier this month, kicks off his tour on April 16 in Virginia Beach.

– Newsday