Epic Video Shows How Stallone And Weathers Choreographed The Rocky-Creed Fight
The Year was 1976.
The USA was 200 years old, Philadelphia was a dirty dump with crime through the roof, and Sly Stallone was about to become the hottest man on the planet.
Whilst it’s hard to believe by looking at photos of the now-72-year-old, back in the day, he was a rugged, jacked and pretty good looking rooster.
The story of how he got Rocky off the ground needs to be told.
After being inspired by an epic boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, Stallone went home and churned out a script for what would become Rocky, one of the most successful film franchises in history.
Whilst he had landed a few minor roles in films in the past, Stallone had never had a starring lead.
He pitched the script to heaps of studios who were interested, but only if they could cast their own established star as Rocky.
Stallone held out and eventually took a huge budget cut, but got to be the leading man.
It was a good thing he did because the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
The film went on to win the Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing.
But part of the budget cut meant that Silvester took another step up, to choreograph the fight scenes.
Whilst by today’s special effects standards, the old school fight scenes look a little dodgy and staged. For back in the day, doing the scenes raw, they are pretty damn impressive.
The clip below shows just how Sylvester Stallone and a ridiculously ripped Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed went about mapping out and rehearsing some of the all-time great boxing scenes.
Take special note of how in control of everything Stallone is and how much energy he puts into the moves.
It is inspiring.
The rags-to-riches film is a classic and has inspired many fighters in all codes to go that extra mile.
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage on the player below.