It’s been over four decades and Sylvester Stallone is still living with the “Rocky” legacy.
The 73-year-old actor is on the cover of the latest issue of Variety, in which he discusses what the film has meant to him and his career.
“It’s like my brother,” Stallone says of the franchise. “It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed or being silly or being precious or sentimental because he is that way. Rocky can’t keep quiet. He just talks and talks and spills his guts. And as a writer, if you do that quite often, it looks as though you’re just lost in the world of exposition. But he’s actually saying something, and because of the way he speaks and his naiveté and gentle quality, you listen. Rocky can say things that my other characters can never say.”
Despite the intimacy Stallone shares with the “Rocky” films, he doesn’t actually own a stake in the series.
“Every word, every syllable, every grammatical error was all my fault. It was shocking that it never came to be, but I was told, ‘Hey, you got paid, so what are you complaining about?’ I was furious.”
As for why the films have endured decades, Stallone says, “It was like the first ‘Rocky’. There’s something about the perseverance of being so overwhelmed by life and still driving through it.”
He adds, “People can relate to it on a subliminal level… Rocky is very touchable. He was the most insecure fighter ever. He just had no belief in himself whatsoever, and I think a lot of people feel that way. They see the character in the film overcome it, and they say, ‘You know, I could do that, too.’ So I think the relatability and lack of guile he has [is what appeals].”
As for whether fans may see another “Rocky” film come to fruition, the actor says, “There’s a good chance that ‘Rocky’ may ride again… Rocky meets a young, angry person who got stuck in this country when he comes to see his sister. He takes him into his life, and unbelievable adventures begin, and they wind up south of the border. It’s very, very timely.”