Entertainment NewsUPDATE: 'Tulsa King' Sparks Casting Controversy After Atlanta Casting Company Quits

UPDATE: ‘Tulsa King’ Sparks Casting Controversy After Atlanta Casting Company Quits


Update: This week, Sylvester Stallone promoted the upcoming second season of his Paramount+ series, “Tulsa King,” on social media. In his Instagram post, Stallone, dressed in a lavender suit as his character Dwight “The General” Manfredi, shared updates from the set without commenting on recent allegations.

These accusations claim that Stallone and an unnamed director from the show created a “toxic” environment on set, reportedly mocking background actors for their appearances. The veteran actor chose not to address these claims in his post but instead focused on the ongoing production of the series, which is helmed by “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan.

(Original Publishing date: April 9, 2023) In recent developments surrounding the Paramount+ drama Tulsa King, director Craig Zisk and Sylvester Stallone have been embroiled in controversy after allegations surfaced regarding the mistreatment of extras on set. Zisk told TMZ that there were no insults hurled at the extras, despite reports claiming otherwise. He acknowledged a casting issue where Rose Locke, the casting director, had brought in older actors for a scene that required a younger crowd, specifically those in their 20s and 30s, for a hip bar setting.

The contention escalated when Zisk requested headshots for the extras, leading to Locke’s abrupt departure after she reportedly refused to comply with his request. Stallone, whose wife Jennifer Flavin was present during the filming, was accused of expressing a desire for “pretty young girls to be around him,” a claim that Zisk vehemently denies.

The drama intensified when Rose Locke Casting of Atlanta, responsible for sourcing actors for the series’ second season, publicly announced its decision to sever ties with Tulsa King. This announcement came after a slew of complaints about a toxic work environment on set started circulating within a private Facebook group for Atlanta-based background actors. These complaints included harsh criticisms from Stallone and an unnamed director, describing some extras with derogatory terms.

The situation garnered further attention when writer Julie Benson highlighted these complaints on social media, revealing the deep-seated issues within the Tulsa King production. The production team is said to be investigating these allegations, amidst attempts to maintain continuity with the show’s previous season.

Dee Dee McDaniel Simmons, a figure in the background acting community, shared that the negative experiences on the Tulsa King set were widely discussed among industry groups. She praised Rose Locke Casting for their decision to exit the project in support of the background actors.

Tulsa King, which features Stallone as the New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi, has come under scrutiny as these behind-the-scenes issues come to light. The show’s future now hangs in balance as the industry reacts to the unfolding drama, questioning the treatment of cast and crew alike. The series, created by Taylor Sheridan, is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, with a production team that includes executive producers like Zisk and Stallone.

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  1. The Director was wrong.Its not a hip bar full of young people, don’t take my word for it just watch the last episode of season 1.I love TK ,but I was there on set Thursday and Friday. It’s the same bar and casino bred 2 buck . I was booked as a b2b patron. If you’d ever been in a casino you know it’s not all young people. At first a gentleman and myself was in front of the table where Stallone was sitting, the director said get those two old men out of there., I know I’m old and ugly didn’t bother me though. If director was wanting young people I wonder why he brought me back the next day.


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