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Sylvester Stallone Reunites With Rocky Statue In Emotional New Video

Rocky star Sylvester Stallone just reunited with the statue of his character in Philadelphia. The Rocky franchise began in 1976, with the original Best Picture-winning film following a down-and-out Philly-based boxer named Rocky Balboa (Stallone) training for a fight with the current champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). During the film’s iconic training montage, Rocky runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, striking a two-fisted pose at the top. This was immortalized in a statue that was originally created for the filming of the sequel Rocky III, which remains an iconic Philadelphia landmark, lying at the foot of those steps.

On his official Instagram account, Stallone just shared a new video revealing that he crashed the line to visit the Rocky Balboa statue when visiting Philadelphia recently with his family. He revealed that “I don’t get to visit Rocky very often, [and] when I do, it’s emotional.” Check out the post below:

Related: Why The Rocky Movies AREN’T Sports Films (According To Stallone)

Stallone’s Rocky Legacy Explained

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in Rocky Balboa

Although Stallone will not be appearing in the upcoming spinoff sequel Creed III, he has been an integral part of the Rocky franchise from the very beginning, fearlessly returning to the character throughout the years. The original branch of the franchise initially ran through Rocky V in 1990, though it was resurrected twice, first in 2006 for Rocky Balboa, which was originally considered to be Stallone’s farewell to the character. However, he returned to reprise the role in the 2015 spin-off film Creed, which follows Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed. Stallone was nominated for an Oscar for the role, which he again reprised in 2018’s Creed II.

However, starring in the Rocky films is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Stallone’s involvement. The original Rocky was written by Stallone, which earned him simultaneous Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and he went on to write every film in the franchise through Rocky Balboa. Although John G. Avildsen bookended the franchise by directing Rocky and Rocky V, Stallone also took on directorial duties for 1979’s Rocky II, 1982’s Rocky III, and 1985’s Rocky IV, as well as Rocky Balboa.

Stallone and Rocky have informed each other throughout the past 46 years. In addition to the character and his exploits on film following the star’s trajectory, Stallone’s career has been informed by the success of Rocky since the very beginning. Aside from the fact that it put him on the map of the Hollywood scene, his role in Rocky directly informed films that capitalize on his sports action hero status, like 2010’s The Expendables and 2013’s Grudge Match, the former of which was directed and co-written by Stallone himself. However, the Rocky model guided his career, allowing him to be a part of creating other iconic characters like Rambo in First Blood, which launched a similarly sprawling franchise.

More: Why Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Isn’t In Creed 3

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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