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Sylvester Stallone Recalls Saving One Of Rocky’s Most Crucial Scenes

Sylvester Stallone recalls the big Rocky scene he had to save by nailing it in one take. Stallone exploded as a movie star with his iconic performance in the Oscar-winning underdog sports movie Rocky. But Stallone was more than just the star of the film, as he also penned its Oscar-nominated screenplay.

The story of Rocky Balboa was indeed, in many ways, the story of Stallone: the underdog who made it big by refusing to give up the fight. And one particular fight Stallone refused to give up involved a key moment in Rocky that producers wanted to cut. Speaking to Jake’s Takes to promote his new show Tulsa King, Stallone recalled how the powers-that-be desired to “pull the plug” on the scene where Rocky, intimidated by a visit to the arena the night before his fight with heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, confesses to his wife Adrian that in reality he doesn’t believe he can win, but he just wants to survive the fight, to prove to himself that he’s not a bum. Check out Stallone’s remarks on that key scene, and his battle to save it, in the space below:

I told the producer actually, they were going to cut the most important scene. They said “We’re going to pull the plug” on the scene where I go to the arena and I come back and I tell Adrian, “I cannot win. Impossible. He’s great, I’m not. But if I can just survive, if can stand up tonight, I know I’m worth something. I’m not another bum from the neighborhood.” So we can’t do that. I said, “You have to do this.” They said, “We’ll give you one take.” And thank God I didn’t forget my lines. There was no jarring of the camera. One take. Cut. They pulled the plug and the rest is history.

Related: Rocky Ending Explained (In Detail)

Why Stallone Was Right To Fight For That Rocky Moment

collage of rocky balboa winning multiple bouts

The scene in question is of course a great one for Stallone, as it gives him a chance to show off his acting chops by depicting Rocky’s vulnerability, while giving the audience a touching glimpse of Rocky and Adrian’s relationship. But beyond its value as an acting showcase, the scene is actually pivotal to the movie thematically. It’s so pivotal in fact that it’s puzzling producers thought it could be cut.

As all Rocky fans remember, the movie does not end with Rocky beating Apollo to claim the heavyweight crown, but instead concludes with the big fight being given to Creed by a split decision. But though he doesn’t claim the belt, Rocky still feels like a champion because he does remain standing until the end of the fight, becoming the first person ever to survive to the final bell against Creed. And this makes Rocky a winner as it proves he is not a bum from the neighborhood. For the audience, the message is that winning or losing isn’t always the point, but what matters is that you had your chance and made the most of it.

It’s plainly obvious in retrospect that the movie’s final moments would not have anywhere near the same thematic impact if the audience didn’t already understand that Rocky feels like a winner just for having gotten in the ring and hung on. And the scene described by Stallone, that producers wanted to cut, is the exact scene that makes this all clear. In this instance, Stallone obviously understood the story much better than producers. And thank goodness the star did get his chance to play that key Rocky scene, and did deliver an affecting performance in just one take.

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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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