Mr. T remembers Sylvester Stallone making sure he stayed the same
Mr. T remembers how Sylvester Stallone named him for the life-changing role of Clubber Lang.
My earliest memories of Mr. T date from old Chicago stadium. Mr. T had just started his meteoric rise to fame with the role of Clubber Lang in Rocky III. He was set to become a TV star as a member of the popular 1980s sitcom The team A.
Fans were interested in Michael Jordan and everyone the Chicago Bulls played in those pre-championship days, but they were paying more attention to Mr. T, and when he would make his strategic second quarter entry into his spots on runs it so everyone can see it. .
“We were waiting for the game to start, and then we would arrive when the Bulls were playing Dr. J, when they were playing in Atlanta with Dominique Wilkins. Oh man (laughs) that was wild, that was something. These were my fun years, it was the start of everything, ” Mr. T told the Da Windy City podcast.
Mr. T’s rise to fame began as an all-star bodyguard, but can be traced to a night he worked for Leon Spinks in his 1978 title fight against Mohammed Ali at the Louisiana Superdome and a certain movie star showed up.
Sylvester Stallone, aka Rocky, had come to the locker room to see Spinks after the game. Mr. T did not have it.
“I didn’t let him in. Unless Leon told me you were coming, I wasn’t going to let you in to stardom or not,” MT said.
Stallone enjoyed Mr. T doing his work for Spinks as well as the MT story The now famous actor was born Lawrence Tureaud and raised in Chicago housing projects. Stallone himself had managed to leave the working class Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.
Two years later, Stallone was home one evening to watch a TV bouncer contest and saw Mr. T’s brute strength in action and wanted him to play. Clubber Lang’s share on Rocky III. The role was originally for a New York fighter with a Jamaican accent.
Mr. T did his best to adapt to the role, buying reggae records and talking to as many Jamaicans as possible. It wasn’t going very well. When Stallone learned of Mr. T’s efforts from a casting director, he put a stop to buying records and learning about accent.
“Tell Mr. T to forget the Jamaican accent.” I want him to be him or Mr. T from Chicago. I said “oh boy, I got that now” “said MT
Then there were casting directors who wanted to send Mr. T to acting school once they started training for Rocky iii in 1981. Again, Stallone stepped in.
“He said no, don’t touch him. You touch it, you’ll mess it up. I want its rawness. Said MT
Mr. T’s slogan “I pity the fool” remains popular to this day, almost 40 years on. Rocky III. When asked to reveal people Mr. T feels sorry for these days, he declined, but did point to a group.
“I pity the fool who doesn’t respect his mother because I’m an old-fashioned, overgrown, tough old man, quoting the Bible, kicking mom’s boy.” I pity the fool who doesn’t love and respect his mother, ”said MT.
Mr. T works with Tide and their #TurnToCold campaign which aims to educate consumers about the environmental benefits of washing in cold water.