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ON THE SLY

Sylvester Stallone: the creator of two of America’s greatest icons.

Sylvester Stallone is famous for a lot of things, but two of them stand out more than any others: Rocky Balboa (the boxer), and John Rambo (the soldier).

“Rocky is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the race of life... You’re never too old to climb a mountain, if that’s your desire,” as Stallone has said. The first film in the series was Rocky (1976). Apparently, the inspiration for the story came from a fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, which Stallone saw in March 1975. After the fight, Stallone went home and wrote the script for Rocky, which took him about 3 days.

The film was a big success. It was nominated for ten Oscars and actually won awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film. The sequel, Rocky II, which Stallone also wrote and directed, was released in 1979 and also became a major success, grossing US$200 million. Stallone later wrote, directed and starred in four more sequels to the series: Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006).

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