In a strange bit of news, Slyvester Stallone is helping to bring ‘Rocky' to the big stage only 35 years after the original movie debuted. If that wasn't strange enough, Stallone has brought on the services of the Klitschko brothers to be co-producers and to help train the actors. Wladimir shared his thoughts about ‘Rocky' with the AFP.
"Seeing Sylvester Stallone in 'Rocky' when we were kids actually was the reason for us to start boxing in the first place, he said. We are very excited to support this theatrical project."
Look, I think ‘Rocky' was a great film. It depicted the story of a tough underdog from Philadelphia and showed how someone can technically lose a fight, but really be a winner. Everyone loves this story, and in my opinion that actually is a problem. First of all, the story is fiction in a world where there are so many great stories of overcoming hardships. Manny Pacquiao has a great story of overcoming poverty and a father who ate his dog. Devon Alexander came from a group of 30 kids where 8 are dead and 12 are in jail. At any given time in boxing there are fantastic human-interest stories, there is no need to make up a story. Secondly, people love this story more than actual boxing. Philadelphia has a statue of the fictional character ‘Rocky' but no statue of ‘Smokin' Joe Frazier. Slyvester Stallone is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame because he did a good job playing the fictional character ‘Rocky Balboa.' Now, Stallone is referencing his character like he is an actual person.
"I always had the idea of Rocky as a musical. At the end of the day, 'Rocky' is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian. To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud"
It would make ‘Rocky' proud? Sorry to crush your dreams kids, but Rocky isn't real. Do you guys think that Rocky has hurt or helped the sport of boxing in the long run?