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Rocky Balboa Was Nearly Stallone’s Final Movie (Why He Didn’t Retire)

Sylvester Stallone nearly signed off his acting career with 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but the film’s reception changed his mind. After breaking through with 1976’s Rocky, Stallone went on to an incredible run of hits, including the Rambo franchise. However, by the early 2000s, a string of box-office failures like his Get Carter remake saw Stallone’s stardom wane. Having been left dissatisfied with how Rocky V closed out his most famous creation, Stallone struggled for years to get Rocky Balboa off the ground. This saw the retired boxer come back for one final bout to prove to himself and others that age isn’t a barrier to achieving a goal.

Rocky Balboa’s story resonated on a personal level with Stallone, who felt forgotten by the studios and the general public. Stallone has called Rocky Balboa his favorite film of his own, but if it hadn’t been so successful, it may have been his last film and a closing statement on his career. Rumors swirled around the sequel’s release that Stallone’s retirement was imminent, and he addressed those feelings in a 2007 BBC chat. While he had already signed on for the fourth Rambo by this time, he stated “… I really have very little aspirations about acting, because I think that probably the best things have come and gone.”

Related: Creed 3 Needs To Bring Back 1 Legacy Character To Replace Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa Would Have Been A Perfect Retirement Film

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in Rocky Balboa

Stallone also stated a desire to focus on writing and directing. The star’s comments are revealing about his mindset during this period. By 2006, he had been in the movie business for almost 40 years and had appeared in a variety of roles and genres. Like Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone’s movie career had seen great highs and lows, and it made sense for him to use the character as an avatar for his own feelings about aging and feeling forgotten. The film might be the actor’s most personal project for that reason and would have been a perfect movie to end on.

Of course, both Rocky Balboa and Rambo were hits, giving his career an unexpected shot in the arm. Rather than pass up the opportunities that came his way, he opted to create The Expendables series and front movies like Bullet To The Head. After vowing to leave the role behind following Balboa, he reprised Rocky for the first two Creed movies; he was even Oscar-nominated for his touching work in the first Creed. While Rocky Balboa was conceived as a closing chapter for Stallone, it accidentally opened up a whole new book.

Will Stallone Ever Play Rocky Again?

Sylvester Stallone Creed 2 Rocky Balboa

When Stallone exited the Creed spin-off movie series following the second entry in 2018, the actor claimed it was so future films could focus on Michael B. Jordan’s titular character. It’s since been revealed a dispute with the producers of the Rocky films was the real reason. That makes a future appearance by the character unlikely – then again, he’s retired from the role MANY times before. He still has plans for a Rocky prequel streaming series with Amazon, so it feels like there’s still a chance – albeit a slim one – he has one last Rocky movie left in him.

Next: 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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