Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
For his boxing comedy Grudge Match, Peter Segal rounded up two legends of silver-screen boxing: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Granted, the two aren’t quite in the fighting shape they were three decades ago, but the allure of watching Rocky Balboa face off against Jake LaMotta in the ring can’t be denied.
But that no doubt glorious sight will have to wait. Warner Bros. has dropped the first official still from the movie, and it sadly does not feature the aging bruisers in shorts and gloves. Instead of glaring at each other, they’re scowling at Kevin Hart. Whatever, we’ll take it. Check it out after the jump.
Originally written by Tim Kelleher, with rewrites by Doug Ellin among others, Grudge Match centers around two 60something boxing rivals named Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro). They’re convinced to get back together for a rematch, decades after their last title fight. Hart plays Dante Slate Jr., the fight promoter who orchestrates the event.
[via The Film Stage]
The first picture seems to show the pair arguing with Dante, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the dispute is about. If you’re dying to see De Niro and Stallone back in the ring, click here to see a snapshot that was floating around on Twitter earlier this year. It still doesn’t show the two in action, but it does show them looking fresh from a fight.
Grudge Match opens December 25. Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, and Alan Arkin also star.
De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.