10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Rocky Movies

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The Rocky movies are an incredibly popular series of movies about the boxer, Rocky, and his attempts to beat the odds. While many fans of the series think they know everything about them, there are some facts that you might not know.

1. The “Rocky” Script Was Written In 3 Days

The first rendition of the “Rocky” script was written in 20 hours over a three day period. Sylvester Stallone cranked out the script on paper and his wife typed it up afterwards. There were several redrafts before the official script was finished. However, amazingly enough, the idea for one of the most popular American sports drama films was indeed conceived in a matter of days.

Sylvester found inspiration for the script after seeing the Chuck Wepner-Muhammad Ali fight on March 24, 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum.

Wepner was 36 years old and Ali was the reigning champion who annihilated any boxer who was brave enough to fight him.

Everybody expected that Ali would win this match within three rounds, but something else happened. Round after round, Wepner kept fighting back, despite Ali’s skill.

Breaking his nose and opening large gashes above both his eyes, Wepner managed to resist his punches up until the last round. No wonder the taglines for the film state that, ‘’ A true hero goes all the way.’’

Ali did knock him out  with 19 seconds left in the fifteenth and final round, but Wepner stood his ground when everybody was against him and this was motive that impressed Stallone so much.

Stallone remembers the creation process, ‘’I thought about it for a month. That’s what I call my inspiration stage. Then I let it incubate for 10 months, the incubation stage. Then came the verification stage, when I wrote it in 3 1/2 days. I’d get up at 6 A.M. and write it by hand, with a Bic pen on lined notebook sheets of paper. Then my wife, Sasha, would type it. She kept saying, ‘You’ve gotta do it, you’ve gotta do it. Push it, Sly, go for broke.”’

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