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How Much Was Sylvester Stallone Paid For Rocky?

Throughout eight films to date, Sylvester Stallone has played the eponymous role of Rocky Balboa in the Rocky franchise and has earned a baffling salary for close to 50 years. Beginning the Rocky/Creed movie franchise with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film directed by John G. Avildsen, Stallone embodies boxer Rocky Balboa as the tough, working-class underdog who has become the pride of Philadelphia. An iconic role for the now 76-year-old actor, Stallone has benefited from the franchise’s popularity that continues to strengthen his credibility as an actor, director, and producer.

The Rocky franchise is one of the most successful film series in cinematic history and has become a staple for sports film fanatics. The series has grossed over $1.7 billion, including the six Rocky movies and two Creed spin-offs that have helped influence pop culture. Stallone has been a fixture of the franchise since its inception, nominated for three Academy Awards during his tenure, both for writing and acting. With Creed, Stallone has begun handing the baton over to star Michael B. Jordan, who steps into the spotlight as the son of former heavyweight champion and Ivan Drago opponent Apollo Creed.

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Since Sylvester Stallone conceived the idea for the first Rocky, writing the screenplay in just three days, he struck a deal to do the project on a low budget of $1 million if it meant he could star in the movie. After production wrapped, he made a total of $35,000 for the 25-day shoot, consisting of his writing and acting salary together (via Variety). Unfortunately for the star, he was not granted an ownership stake in the character and story, meaning he would not see a dime from licensing or merchandise. With backend percentages accounted for and 10 net points, MGM has paid Stallone about $2.5 million for Rocky in total.

How Much Has Stallone Earned From The Rocky & Creed Movies?

But all is not lost for the Rambo and The Expendables star, as he has contributed his acting and sometimes directing abilities to seven other features as the character of Rocky Balboa. Stallone earned a $75,000 payday with Rocky II, which increased to another $120,000 for Rocky III (via Variety). By the time he starred in Rocky V, his salary ballooned to $15 million (via Cheatsheet). The total earned for Stallone has increased further over the years, including the Creed films, when considering backend percentages. His net worth from the Rocky franchise and other successful ventures is close to $400 million.

Why Sylvester Stallone Isn’t Returning For Creed 3

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

The popularity of the Rocky films has propelled Sylvester Stallone to a career that’s been commercially successful, mainly in the action film genre. After appearing in Creed and Creed II, Stallone has decided that his days as Rocky Balboa are over as Stallone will not be returning for Creed III. Instead, Michael B. Jordan will make his directorial debut and continue in his role as Adonis Creed. Although Sylvester Stallone is a producer on the sequel, he will instead focus on The Expendables 4, his new television series Tulsa King, and reprising his part as Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 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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