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In. Edit Rocky Showing all items. They agreed, on the condition that Stallone continue to work as a writer without a fee, and that he work as an actor for scale. Rocky's dog Butkus was actually Sylvester Stallone 's dog in real life.

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The monologue which Rocky delivers after turning down Mickey's Burgess Meredith offer to manage him was completely improvised on-set by Sylvester Stallone. He has since explained that he was heavily influenced by the fact that the bathroom of the tiny apartment in which they were shooting really did stink. During his audition, Carl Weathers was sparring with Sylvester Stallone and accidentally punched him on the chin. Stallone told Weathers to calm down, as it was only an audition, and Weathers said that if he was allowed to audition with a 'real' actor, not a stand-in, he would be able to do a lot better.

Director John G. Avildsen smiled and told Weathers that Stallone was the real actor and the writer. Weathers looked at Stallone thoughtfully for a moment, and said, "Well, maybe he'll get better. The ice rink scene was originally written to feature extras, but the production couldn't afford so many people. When Sylvester Stallone turned up to shoot the scene, to his horror, there was only one extra. So, Stallone hastily threw together the scene as it exists in the completed film. This scene has become one of the most popular in the entire Rocky saga.

Sylvester Stallone quit smoking cigarettes while making this film, because he was getting out of breath. Most of the scenes of Rocky jogging through Philadelphia were shot guerrilla-style, with no permits, no equipment, and no extras.

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The shot where he runs past the moored boat for example, the crew were simply driving by the docks, and John G. Avildsen saw the boat, and thought it would make a good visual, so he had Sylvester Stallone simply get out of the van and run along the quays, while Avildsen himself filmed from the side door. A similar story concerns the famous shot of Rocky jogging through the food market. As he runs, the stall keepers and the people on the sidewalks can clearly be seen looking at him in bemusement. While this works in the context of the film to suggest they're looking at Rocky, in reality, they had no idea why this man was running up and down the road being filmed from a van.

During this scene, the famous shot where the stall owner throws Rocky an orange was completely improvised by the stall owner, who had no idea that a movie was being filmed and that he would be in it. In the film, the poster above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe.

This was an actual mistake made by the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Sylvester Stallone came up with the idea for the scene where Rocky points out the mistake himself. The comment about Rocky's robe being too baggy came about the same way - the robe delivered to the set was far too baggy for Stallone, so rather than hope people wouldn't notice, the character himself simply points it out. The highest-grossing movie of Sylvester Stallone insisted that the scene where he admits his fears and doubts to Adrian the night before the fight be filmed, even though production was running far behind and the producers wanted to skip it.

Stallone had only one take for the scene, despite the fact that he considered it to be the most important scene in the film. Rocky's old injury to his finger which enables him to pretend he had broken it, is a real injury Sylvester Stallone suffered whilst playing college football. Although Sylvester Stallone famously wrote the first draft of the script in three days, it went through nine sizable rewrites before it was purchased by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.

Originally, Stallone's much darker script depicted Mickey Burgess Meredith as a bitter old racist, and the film ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world. In an interview Sylvester Stallone was asked if he and Elvis Presley ever met.

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Stallone said that in after "Rocky" was released, Elvis contacted him and asked him to visit Graceland and a bring a copy of the film with him. Stallone told the interviewer that he was too afraid to meet Elvis, and he didn't go, but he did send a copy of the film. Apparently, Elvis did indeed watch the film with some friends. When shooting the scenes in the meat-locker where he punches the slabs of beef, actor Sylvester Stallone punched the meat so hard for so long that he flattened out his knuckles.

To this day, when he makes a fist, his knuckles are completely level. Thirty-six-year-old Wepner was considered a moderate talent, but no one expected him to last more than three rounds against Ali. The longer the fight went, the more shocked people became. Wepner even managed to knock Ali down in the ninth round, although Ali always maintained that Wepner was standing on his foot when he fell.

Ali pummeled Wepner mercilessly for the next six rounds, breaking his nose and opening large gashes above both his eyes.

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No matter how hard Ali hit him, Wepner kept moving forward and kept fighting. Eventually, with 19 seconds left in the 15th and final round, Ali scored a technical knockout TKO. Forty years later, Wepner's story was adapted as Chuck The emphasized the fact that it was "the inspiration for Rocky".

According to Burt Youngduring filming of the scene where Paulie walks home drunk, an actual drunk wandered onto the location and told Young he wasn't acting drunk convincingly, so Young asked the man to demonstrate it. Young then copied the man's actions for the scene. Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers suffered injuries during the shooting of the final fight: Stallone suffered bruised ribs, and Weathers suffered a damaged nose, the opposite injuries of what their characters had.

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Avildsen decided that the scenes needed to be shot in a unique way so as to make the boxing more realistic than in other boxing movies of the period. He, Weathers, and Stallone all went to a ring and began to block out the moves, but it wasn't working, and the fight was coming across as staged and not very energetic. Wilbur reed due to creative disagreements, Avildsen then told Stallone to go home and literally write out the fight. The next day, Stallone returned with 32 s of specific directions for the fight, which he and Weathers learned off like a ballet over a period of a few weeks.

In total, Stallone and Weathers rehearsed for over 35 hours. Brown, who was from Philadelphia, was getting ready to fly to Los Angeles to try to sell his newly invented Steadicam device. He had shot some test footage following people around corridors and from room to room, but he wanted to be able to shoot something that even the most experienced filmmakers would look at and wonder how he did it.

He came up with the idea for his girlfriend to run up and down the museum steps while he followed close behind her. Using this footage, Brown sold the camera on his first day in Los Angeles and, several months later, John G. Avildsenwho was prepping Rocky, saw the footage and felt that a similar type of shot would be perfect for the film.

As such, Avildsen hired Brown and the Steadicam, and as Brown explains, several months after he had run up the steps filming his girlfriend, he was running back up the steps filming Sylvester Stallone. During the scene where Gazzo Joe Spinell is talking to Rocky about not breaking the dock worker's thumbs, Gazzo pulls out an inhaler mid-sentence and uses it. That wasn't written into the script, Spinell actually had an asthma attack and really had to use his inhaler right on-camera on the spur of the moment.

John G. Avildsen liked the authenticity it brought to the scene, so he decided to leave it in the film. The single most expensive cost on the film was make-up. Burgess Meredith got the part of Mickey because the other actors they considered for the role were insulted that Sylvester Stallone wanted them to read for it. After the end of filming, Stallone kept the two turtles "Cuff" and "Link", and as of June he still had them, alive and well.

The first sports film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Rocky is not the character's actual name. His real name is Robert Balboa - this was seen in a rough script from the second film. He took the nickname from real-life boxer Rocky Marciano. The two scenes where Rocky runs up the museum stairs the first where he can't do it and the second during the "Gonna Fly Now" training sequence where he runs up them triumphantly were filmed two and a half hours apart. The first before the sun rose, the second afterward. Originally, the filmmakers wanted several former heavyweight champions to appear at the beginning of the fight between Rocky and Apollo.

They put out a call for all former champions to show, but on the day of the shoot only Joe Frazier turned up. The filmmakers thought it worked well however, because Frazier is a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was where the movie was shot and took place. As of and due to this film, Sylvester Stallone remains alongside Charles Chaplin the only other person in film history to have been the sole writer of an original screenplay, to have starred in the leading role for the same film and to have been nominated for Oscars for both.

By coincidence, Chaplin had been one of the co-founders of the original United Artists. The boxing gloves used in the championship fight were called ''Casanovas''. They were illegal in the U. According to Sylvester Stallone in the DVD commentary, Rocky's trademark outfit of the black snap-brim fedora and the leather coat came from a local hand-me-down store in the neighborhood where they were filming. When he agreed to make the film, John G. Avildsen had never watched a professional boxing match, nor had he ever seen a boxing movie. Sylvester Stallone had originally wanted Harvey Keitel for the role of Paulie.

Frank StalloneSylvester Stallone 's father, has a cameo playing the man who rings the opening bell of the Creed vs. Balboa fight. Sylvester's younger brother, Frank Stallonealso has a cameo playing the lead singer of the street band and is also 'The Bum from the Dark' that passes Rocky and Adrian on the way home from their date. The photos on Rocky's mirror are actual photos of Sylvester Stallone as a young boy. The film was shot in 28 days. Sylvester Stallone was so poor prior to filming Rockyhe had to sell his dog for fifty dollars.

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