The American, also known as Sly, remains one of the highest-earning stars in the world, and is perhaps best remembered for creating the incredible character Rocky Balboa. Tonight, the 75-year-old will reprise his once-in-a-lifetime role in the 2018 film Creed II, which sees newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonic Creed take on Viktor Drago. Viktor is the son of Ivan Drago, a Rocky boxer who fought in the Eighties, and now trains Adonis.
The franchise is one of the most well-received in cinema history, with eight films, with a ninth slated for release later this year.
While Stallone has been given near-free domination to create the movies and content he desires, the star argues that in the modern age of streaming platforms, there is little risk. more and money was spent making movies like the ones he’s made.
Speaking on The Dave Rubenstein Show last month, Stallone was asked what advice he would give aspiring filmmakers and said: “Business, embracing life with trousers, following instincts Your bowels are over.
“For example, Rocky would never have been created today, this never will be.
“It’s over. The Godfather wouldn’t have been created today.”
Both Rocky and The Godfather won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and have earned cult status among movie fans for generations since their release in Seventies.
And Stallone believes the rise of these streaming platforms has changed the film industry for good.
He expressed his belief that those platforms won’t “have a golden age” like Hollywood did, while asserting that “the audience, the demographics are different”.
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Stallone admitted to having been messed up before Rocky was given the green light by the producers.
While he is not an unknown name in Hollywood, his roles in The Lords of Flatbush and Death Race 2000 have made him stand out, he has yet to earn his golden ticket to notoriety.
And according to a recent New York Times piece, Stallone had only $106 (£81) in his bank account when he wrote the screenplay for Rocky.
He was inspired to write the script after watching boxers Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner fight, and it took him only four days to write the full story.
Earlier this month, Stallone took to Instagram to share with followers what his favorite Rocky movie is, with 2006’s Rocky Balboa winning the title.
Reflecting on that, he wrote: “I love season 6. It was the hardest challenge I’ve ever had. It took more than 12 years to do.
“No one wants to do it. Absolutely no one.
“It was supposed to be a joke. But deep down I loved the idea and thought that if I go out, I want to go out and make this movie.
“Even though no one involved with the previous product wanted to do anything with it, and it ended up being done against all odds!!!”
Creed II airs from 10:45pm tonight on ITV.