As we reported yesterday, Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his Oscar-winning role of Rocky in the sixth Rocky film, entitled Rocky Balboa. In the movie, Rocky will be a lonely, over the hill and impoverished loser, unloved by everyone and a shadow of his former mighty self.
Sounds like it won’t be too much of a stretch for Stallone, then…
Sylvester Stallone (DVDs) has made some jaw-droppingly bad career choices of
late. 15 years ago he was king of the world, the star of Rocky, Rambo
and, um, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot. But the triple combo suckerpunch of
the turgid Get Carter remake, inane racing flick Driven and the
straight-to-video dogmess of D-Tox looked certain to have finished his
But Stallone knew what he should do. Like Paul McCartney realising
that people hate him less if he sings Hey Jude instead of Mull Of
Kintyre during concerts, Sylvester decided to return to his past. First there was the
announcement that a new Rambo film had been greenlighted, and now comes Rocky
The plot of Rocky Balboa is said to be closer in tone to the first
Rocky films – gritty and realistic – rather than the great big honking
Living In America Cold War xenophobia of the last few. In Rocky Balboa, Stallone
will play a lonely, widowed has-been Rocky who is forced out of
retirement for one… last… fight. Stallone says:
"There’s a computer fight between the reigning world champion and Balboa, and Balboa wins. The champion’s management says ‘let’s do this for real, for charity’. Rocky says ‘no’ but decides to be true to himself even
though he’s going to be berated by everyone. Just to compete, not to
But how will the inevitable final fight scene end? There’ll be no Adrian for Rocky to call out for at the end of the match – unless Adrian Chiles from Match Of The Day 2 gets a surprise call-up – which has led to speculation
from some quarters that Rocky will die in the ring at the end of Rocky Balboa.
We’re not so sure, though. Death is such a downer – why not end the film with Rocky turning his back on boxing to focus on selling his range of lean, mean, fat-grilling machines?
[story by Stuart Heritage]