April 12, 2024 11:16 pm

Sylvester Stallone’s Decision to Give the Italian Stallion a Girlfriend in the Original Rocky Really Paid Off
Sylvester Stallone’s Decision to Give the Italian Stallion a Girlfriend in the Original Rocky Really Paid Off

Sylvester Stallone’s Decision to Give the Italian Stallion a Girlfriend in the Original Rocky Really Paid Off

Nearly 50 years ago, actor Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa was a down-on-his-luck club fighter who worked as a seedy collector on the docks. After six films and a Creed spin-off franchise, featuring three of its own installments, fans forget that the Italian Stallion originally served as a muscle-bound collector to the disreputable but likable Tony Gazzo (Joe Spinell) in Rocky. And originally, Balboa was supposed to be an even darker character in director John G. Avildsen’s seminal film. In fact, Stallone revealed in the new Netflix documentary Sly that it was a friend of his who convinced him to soften Rocky up considerably. As a result, the character of Adrian was conceived. Stallone said (via Deadline):

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​Sylvester Stallone eventually decided to soften up Rocky Balboa in the original film, and he ultimately gave the boxer a girlfriend. Read More