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Rocky Wasn’t Scared Of Anyone, But Sly Stallone Was Scared Of…Elvis?

A story about Sylvester Stallone reveals that the actor who played the fearless Rocky character was afraid to meet Elvis Presley in the 1970s. The action icon and the King of Rock’n’roll never crossed paths, but an interview from 2010 explains that a meeting nearly happened. Just when Stallone’s career was taking off, he had the opportunity to spend some time with one of the biggest celebrities of all time.

Writing and starring in Rocky was a career-making move for Stallone. Released in 1976, the critically acclaimed movie was the recipient of three Academy Awards (including Best Picture), not to mention seven other Oscar nominations. Its success opened up new career paths for the actor, who emerged as a big star in Hollywood. Rocky changed everything for Stallone, considering that he was a struggling, unknown actor at the time of its release. Per the star’s own admission, Stallone was “broke” before Rocky. Thanks to his decision not to sell his Rocky script and his insistence on playing the lead (in the place of an A-list actor), Stallone was able to become a household name.
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As a result of all the newfound attention from Rocky, Stallone received a phone call from Elvis Presley himself. According to Stallone, Presley invited him to Memphis. The singer’s intention was to rent a theater there and hold a private screening of Rocky, but Stallone turned down the invitation. He says he didn’t go simply because he was shy. While Stallone being nervous about meeting one of the biggest pop culture icons in the world is of course understandable, it’s interesting at the same time, on account of how a big deal such an encounter would have been. Though Presley was far from the height of his career in 1976, he was still a beloved musical sensation and a massive star. Obviously, getting to meet Presley was considered a great honor.

Rocky with his coaches on the ring

The Rocky star never received a second chance at meeting the singer. Stallone recalled that he was in the midst of making F.I.S.T. when he heard the news of Elvis Presley’s death in August 1977. And apparently, this wasn’t Stallone’s only missed opportunity concerning a larger-than-life celebrity. The actor claimed that he also missed out on meeting Charlie Chaplin. The silent film star and comedy pioneer saw his iconic, Little Tramp character in Stallone’s Rocky and was impressed by his performance. He invited Stallone to his home in Switzerland but the actor never went.

Similar to the situation with Presley, Charlie Chaplin died before Stallone got around to meeting with him. Sylvester Stallone attributes these events to a viewpoint he developed later, which is to grab opportunities whenever they’re offered. Sadly, an Elvis Presley-Sylvester Stallone meeting never happened, but he did at least send a copy of the film to the singer. The actor has said in the past that though the two didn’t see it together, Presley did get to watch Rocky with his friends sometime before his death.

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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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