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Rocky Balboa Really Was A Miracle

Sylvester Stallone has named making Rocky Balboa one of the most memorable moments of his career, and he’s right: the film was something of a miracle. Rocky Balboa first appeared in the 1976 sports drama Rocky, which was itself the start of Stallone’s Hollywood success. Rocky’s popularity spawned a sequel, Rocky II, which saw Balboa win the heavyweight championship. Subsequent sequels Rocky III and Rocky IV built on the boxer’s story, although the disappointment of Rocky V seemingly brought the franchise to an end.

However, 2006 saw Stallone return as Rocky for Rocky Balboa, reviving the franchise after the disappointing Rocky V. Rocky Balboa saw the aging fighter trying to turn back the years by coming out of retirement to fight Mason Dixon, a young undefeated champion, in an exhibition bout. Sylvester Stallone has since named making the film as one of his personal favorite career moments, and his comments about the difficulty he had making it highlight just what a miracle the film’s existence, and its success, really are.

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As the Rocky franchise appeared to be dead in the water after Rocky V, Stallone had a hard time getting Rocky Balboa made. Not only did the film recapture the magic of Rocky’s original success, but it also reignited interest in the character and his films, and proved that there were more stories to be told in the franchise. Rocky Balboa’s success then led to the popular Creed spin-off movies, backing up Stallone’s sentiment about the film’s importance.

Rocky Balboa Is Sylvester Stallone’s Favorite Career Moment

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As well as marking a return to form for the franchise, Rocky Balboa was also a moment of triumph for Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wrote, produced, starred in, and directed the film, and the franchise’s creator recently described Rocky Balboa as his most memorable career moment. Stallone shared his reasoning behind what made Rocky Balboa such a triumphant moment for him, and why it’s one of his proudest accomplishments.

According to Stallone, Rocky Balboa was almost impossible to make, as “no one wanted to make it”. He explained that managing to make the film”against all odds” is what makes it his most memorable career moment, describing it as “the ultimate challenge”. Stallone’s allusions to the difficulties he faced draw parallels between the movie itself and Balboa’s motto from Rocky Balboa, and they also highlight how passionate the actor is about the franchise he created.

Why Was Rocky Balboa Happening So Unlikely?

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Though the Rocky franchise is now stronger than ever thanks to the success of the Creed movies, at one time it appeared to be thoroughly finished. Before Rocky Balboa’s release, the Rocky franchise was seemingly over, thanks almost entirely to the failure of Rocky V. Widely considered the franchise’s low point, Rocky V saw Balboa retire from boxing after his fight with Ivan Drago, with a conveniently written plot involving the boxer’s financial situation forcing him into the role of boxing trainer to young fighter Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison).

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Rocky V’s story remains unappreciated by viewers due to its departure from the established format of the franchise’s previous installments. Though its story was necessary from a narrative point of view in order to re-establish a grounded tone after Rocky IV broke the franchise’s realism, Rocky V failed to capture the essence of its titular character. This resulted in the studio (and many others) losing faith in the franchise, which turned making Rocky Balboa into an uphill battle for Stallone. This was compounded by 12 years having passed since Rocky V and Sylvester Stallone’s own career taking a few hits of its own in that time, but ultimately, he managed to make the film.

Rocky Balboa Is A Good Movie (& Reminds Why Rocky Always Worked)

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Though Rocky V had broken the faith that many once placed in the franchise, Rocky Balboa was able to win it back. The sixth installment into the franchise was not only able to work on multiple levels, but it recaptured the underdog elements that made the Rocky franchise famous. With Rocky grieving the death of his wife, Adrian, the film also carries the emotional weight necessary to make it an excellent drama, something which hadn’t been fully achieved since the franchise’s very first entry in 1976.

By taking the franchise back to its dramatic roots with an underdog story, the Rocky Balboa film was able to achieve substantial success. It gently leaned into all the things that made the character of Rocky so iconic, while also offering a story that draws parallels with his beginning. This made Rocky Balboa feel at once like a continuation and an ending to the franchise, which was enough to secure the interest of those who disliked Rocky V.

Rocky Balboa Replaces Rocky V’s Bad Ending With A Great One

Rocky And Tommy Gunn in Rocky V

Rocky V saw Balboa become a boxing trainer in a clear attempt to move the franchise’s story forward and establish some physical consequences for the physical punishment Rocky endured in the ring. However, not only was Rocky V generally disliked, but its ending effectively did away with the film’s own premise, undermining itself in what is by far the worst ending in the entire franchise. Rocky V’s ending was bad, but the film also seemingly ended the franchise, meaning that the iconic character almost faded into history on a particularly sour note.

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Rocky Balboa may have been difficult for Stallone to make, but it was vital in the way it gave Rocky one final outing as a sort of do-over for Rocky V. In that sense, the film works as an allegory for Stallone’s own difficulty in recreating the success of the original Rocky. By having Rocky lose his fight against world champion Mason “The Line” Dixon, Rocky Balboa’s ending drew parallels with Rocky’s: the Italian Stallion may have lost, but he won the respect that he was fighting for, and the result wasn’t what mattered. This made Rocky Balboa’s ending the satisfying conclusion to Rocky’s career that Rocky V robbed the character of, giving the franchise an opportunity to finish in the right way.

Rocky Balboa Is The Reason The Creed Franchise Could Happen

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Rocky Balboa wasn’t the end, though. The success of the film reignited interest in the franchise, as well as made it feel relevant to a younger audience. These factors combined led to the franchise being rebooted, shifting to follow the boxing career of Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, with Rocky acting as his trainer. Though the Rocky movies are often considered better than Creed’s, the spin-off marked a change in the franchise, allowing for future movies to go ahead without Stallone’s involvement.

It was Rocky Balboa’s success that allowed Creed to continue the franchise. Without Rocky Balboa to fix the franchise’s reputation, Creed likely never would have come to pass, and Rocky’s final film also led the way for him to become Adonis Creed’s trainer by working through his own unresolved feelings about boxing. Rocky Balboa introduced the idea of Rocky as a retired fighter, and Stallone’s ability to make it work was ultimately what allowed Creed to change the franchise’s focus to the younger fighter. This means that not only did Rocky Balboa save the franchise’s reputation, but it allowed for its continuation even after Rocky can no longer return – proving that Stallone is right about the film being miraculous.

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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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