Sylvester Stallone: ​​Rocky Balboa was supposed to be his last film, what changed his mind

Sylvester Stallone Considered Quitting Acting After Rocky Balboa Exit, Here’s What Made Him Change His Mind

Sylvester Stallone was ready for retirement: the star had decided that Rocky Balboareleased in 2006, should have been his latest moviebut then – to the delight of the fans – something changed his mind.

The Rocky franchise has always been the flagship of Stallone’s career, the character of the resigned Philadelphia boxer he created gave him eternal fame by launching him into the Olympus of stars. But in the early 2000s, a series of box office flops including the remake of Carter’s Revenge made Stallone seriously consider retirement. the star thus thought of closing in style with a project of the heart that he had wanted to make for years, a fifth and last film on Rocky. The film would have given a worthy end to the boxer’s story and also to his career, but things turned out differently.

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Wallpaper from the movie Rocky Balboa with Sylvester Stallone

Wallpaper from the movie Rocky Balboa with Sylvester Stallone

The story of Rocky Balboa has a very close connection with the life of Sylvester Stallone, who at the time felt forgotten by the studios and by the general public. Stallone has called Rocky Balboa his favorite movie of his, but if it hadn’t been so successful it probably would have been his swan song. Rumors swirled around the release of the sequel that Stallone’s retirement was imminent, as he himself admitted to the BBC in 2007 when, although he was already signed on for the fourth Rambo, he stated:

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“I have very few aspirations around acting, because I think probably the best things have come and gone.”

Stallone also expressed a desire to focus on writing and directing. As of 2006 he had been in the film business for nearly 40 years and had appeared in a variety of roles and genres. Like Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone’s film career has seen considerable ups and downs, so the fifth installment of the Rocky saga represented the actor’s most personal project and would have been a perfect film to conclude his career. But the warm reception given to the film, and the 156 million takings against a budget of 22 million, fortunately changed his mind.

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