Season 1 of This Is Us left a few of its characters with rocky roads ahead of them, but nobody literally expected a “Rocky” road for Kevin Pearson: Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone will be guest-starring on an episode of NBC’s hit drama this fall. Just as Ron Howard did in an episode late last season, Stallone will be playing himself. But while Howard’s appearance was more of a cameo, show creator Dan Fogelman said Stallone’s role will be much more substantial and emotional, as Kevin (Justin Hartley) lands a role in a movie featuring one of his idols, who just happens to be Stallone. Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack Pearson, starred in Rocky Balboa with Stallone 11 years ago, and the Emmy-nominated actor told us that connection was literally the key to booking Stallone on the show.

Don’t miss Sylvester Stallone guest star on This Is Us this Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC.

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Posted by Susan Brown