Sylvester Stallone reveals the “toughest challenge” of his film career
Sylvester Stallone regularly takes to his Instagram to get nostalgic and share memories of his action movie career, whether it’s telling the story of one of his first auditions or remembering how Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during a particularly brutal fight scene.
In a new post, the 75-year-old actor shared his “most memorable” accomplishment: getting Rocky Balboa made. The 2006 film was the sixth film in the franchise and was released six years later. Rocky V in 1990.
“Love the sixth installment,” Stallone wrote. “It was the toughest challenge I’ve ever had. It took over 12 years to do. No one wanted to do it. Absolutely no one. It was considered a joke. But in my heart, I loved the idea and thought if I was going to go out there, I want to go out to do this movie. Even though no one involved in the other previous productions wanted anything to do with it, and it was ultimately made against all waiting!!!”
“When people ask you what your most memorable movie moment is. Rocky Balboa, without a doubt,” he continued. “It was the ultimate challenge. The first one Rocky of course was amazing… But this one was an almost impossible dream. I pushed this rock upwards for 12 long years against overwhelming negativity until it finally happened… Almost by accident. One day I’ll tell the whole story.”
Stallone spoke about the film after sharing a video on Instagram from the last day of a month and a half of fight rehearsals on the film. In the clip, he talks about the combination of “realism, danger and professionalism” that comes with casting professional boxer Antonio Tarver as Rocky’s opponent, Mason “The Line” Dixon.
“We’re trying to push the boundaries of cinematic boxing,” he says.
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While Rocky Balboa may have been considered a risk at the time, it finally renewed interest in the long-running franchise enough to warrant a spin-off film, 2015 Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan with Stallone in a supporting role. This in turn led to a sequel in 2018. Creed IIIdirected by Jordan and the first film in this universe to not include an appearance by Stallone, will be released later this year.
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