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Sylvester Stallone’s Two Favorite Rocky Movies (& Why)

Here are Sylvester Stallone’s two favorite entries in the Rocky franchise. Stallone was a struggling actor for many years when he launched his career, but the success of 1976’s Rocky changed all that. Stallone played the title character and wrote the screenplay for the underdog sports drama, which became an unlikely success story upon release. For a time, the Rocky sequels marked the star’s only hits, but with 1982’s First Blood he found another iconic character in John Rambo.

For the star, the Rocky movies are character dramas first and boxing movies a distant second. What’s interesting about the sequels is the way Rocky’s journey typically mirrors Stallone’s career at the time they were produced. Rocky II sees the character struggling to find his place following his Apollo fight, so he agrees to a rematch – in the same way Stallone agreed to a sequel after struggling to make another hit. Rocky III charts how success changed him, and skipping ahead, Rocky Balboa saw the boxer making a comeback after everyone believed he was done, just like Stallone’s own career had waned in the years before the 2006 sequel.

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Even the Creed spin-offs saw Stallone’s boxer moving into more of a mentor role to a younger star. Stallone is typically honest in interviews about which of his movies worked and the ones that really didn’t. Stallone has many movie regrets like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot or Rhinestone, while he believes First Blood is his best action movie. When it comes to his favorite Rocky movies, he believes the first entry and Rocky Balboa are the best.

Why Stallone’s Favorites Are The Original Rocky & 2006’s Balboa

Rocky Balboa in Rocky

While participating in a fan Q&A on his Instagram, he was asked what his best movie was. He responded that “My best movie probably of course is Rocky,” and quickly followed with “The one I’m most proud of is Rocky Balboa because no one wanted to make it.” Stallone’s first choice is little surprise given that Rocky is recognized as a classic, but he’s always spoken of his fondness for Rocky Balboa and the struggle getting it made. The star’s career faltered in the late ’90s due to duds like Judge Dredd and Daylight, and by the early 2000s, his films like Avenging Angelo were going straight to video.

With Rocky Balboa – which killed off Adrian – he wanted to both redeem the series following the poor reception of 1990’s Rocky V while using the sequel to comment on his own career and feelings about growing older. Rocky Balboa was turned down by most studios but was eventually given a greenlight with a modest budget. Not only did it receive strong reviews, but it also gave Stallone’s career a shot in the arm. The Rocky sequel is arguably Stallone’s most personal film, so it’s clear why it’s one of his favorites.

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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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