One of the main themes of the TV series This Is Us is showing how even many years after the accident, the three siblings still have problems dealing with the loss of their father.

In the second season, Kevin (the actor) gets a chance to play in a serious movie with Sylvester Stallone. This brings back old memories, as apparently, his father was a huge fan of "Rocky", which leads to Kevin projecting his father onto Sly. Crap happens.

But why did the producers use Stallone for this purpose? If there was any meaningful movie that his father loved it's the Police Academy series, which is mentioned multiple times.

Was Steve "Mahoney" Guttenberg too expensive or something? Because it sounds like producers wanted to put in the show any 1980s star that is willing to play such a minor role, rather than someone important to the plot.

To clarify - this story arc goes like this:

  • Kevin gets his big chance to play in a movie
  • He is shocked and intimidated to play with his (and his father's) idol
  • He projects his deceased father onto his idol
  • He messes up and loses the role

But why this idol is Sylvester Stallone if nothing earlier suggests that anyone from the Person family was a huge fan of Sly, while many, many times is mentioned how important for them was the Police academy

  • Isn't just putting one of these more than #1 names a good enough reason to draw more attention and money to any serie/movie?
    – OldPadawan
    Aug 2, 2023 at 10:39
  • Why would Steve Guttenberg be more expensive than Stallone? Aug 2, 2023 at 11:26
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    @steelersquirrel That seems to be more of a rhetorical question.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 2, 2023 at 11:43
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    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2023 at 18:26
  • @NapoleonWilson Yeah, it's a rhetorical question, but it's a valid one Aug 2, 2023 at 18:31


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