A Salute to Sylvester Stallone

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Forty years ago, Sylvester Stallone created a movie script, and through his hard work he had an active role in directing and starring in the underdog comeback film Rocky.

In the Playboy magazine interview that followed the film’s release, Stallone’s grasp of script writing, navigating through the harsh movie industry to have the film produced, and his superb direction of a cast that included Burgess Meredith as his trainer Mickey, Talia Shire who portrayed his girlfriend Adrian, and Burt Young as Adrian’s brother Paulie the film resonated to every disenfranchised person that has ever led a down at the heels existence. The story of a loan shark collector whose life is at a dead-end takes a one hundred eighty-degree turn as Rocky Balboa hungers for (and succeeds to become) the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

The film’s intoxicating injection of hope for anyone who has ever nourished a dream has helped propel this film to iconic status and Stallone as a most sought after actor who has worked nearly non-sop ever since.

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