Sylvester Stallone always envisaged the characters in Rocky as musical.
The movie hardman played Rocky Balboa in the 1976 Oscar-winning movie and the franchise that followed. He also wrote the screenplay.
He’s now taken the boxing tale to the Broadway stage, something that had been on Sylvester’s mind from the get-go.
“I’ve always thought these characters were very musical. When I was writing it I used to think about things like Marty [Scorsese] and Mean Streets and West Side Story, and always saw them as poetic street characters. So I thought, ‘Oh this will be a natural.’ No one else did!” Sylvester laughed to news reporters at the stage opening in New York.
Sylvester was joined by his wife Jennifer Flavin and their three daughters Sistine, 14, Sophia, 16 and 11-year-old Scarlet.
Many famous fans were in the audience to support the show, which tells the story of underdog boxer Rocky as he fights to make it as a heavy weight champion.
“The survival and the struggle of the underdog. I’ve always been attracted to the underdogs,” Wesley Snipes enthused on the red carpet.
“The story of Rocky is the story of every person who has a dream,” Whoopi Goldberg echoed.
“I was a blue collar guy; truck driver, precision tool machinist, before I became a moviemaker, so I can totally relate to that,” admitted director James Cameron.
Sylvester, one of the screen’s most famous muscle men, shows no sign of slowing down, despite his 67 years.
The Expendables 3 is currently in production, which also stars ageing hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as Harrison Ford, Jason Statham and Mel Gibson.
Although still physically fit, Sylvester has had a hard time adapting to the changes in technology and tends to avoid sites like Facebook and Twitter.
“Every time I use social media I get in trouble,” Sylvester recently confessed.
“I think George Clooney said it best when he said, ‘You’ve got to be an idiot if you’re a celebrity who uses Twitter.’ You could wake up in the morning when you’re sober and your career is over. You think you’re a genius in the middle of the night and you wake up an idiot! So I’m pretty basic with the iPhone; I think I’ve figured out how the camera works.”
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