Sylvester Stallone Drops ‘Extremely Rare Footage’ From ‘Rocky’ Movie Set

by Michael Freeman
(Original Caption) Actor Sylvester Stallone, described as looking like Rock Hudson sculpted from mashed potatoes, wrote the script to "Rocky" and then got the title role. Film tells of an unknown Philadelphia boxer who, with the help of trainer (Burgess Meredith), R, takes a crack at the World Heavyweight Boxing championship. Scene from the movie. Movie still, 1976.

Though actors sometimes treat us to behind-the-scenes footage from shows and movies, Sylvester Stallone does it all the time. In a recent Instagram post, we get not just one, but several “extremely rare footage” clips from the Rocky movie set.

The clips in question show us a variety of things about the legendary movie and Stallone himself. Making things even better is the fact the Instagram post provides numerous clips, all detailing something different, with some of them even having commentary.

“This is some extremely rare footage,” Stallone captions the clips. “Hopefully you will find it entertaining considering it was I was from another lifetime. Thank you to Mike Kunda and John Rivoli for supplying it. Keep pushing and good things are coming your way.”

A few of the videos show him and costar Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed) sparring and shooting a scene in training attire. Another has him getting tips for his punches and talking about where he was born and raised. However, what’s incredibly fascinating about this Instagram post are the interviews with Stallone about his career.

For instance, he said when he went to France, a “witch” told him he was destined to write. He was a bit thrown off as he’d never written anything in his life and admitted being near illiterate.

However, his persistence paid off eventually. After failing to succeed the way he wanted, he became angry and it “consumed my whole life,” Stallone stated. So, he basically locked himself away for years and wrote 15 to 16 screenplays.

The results are movies like Rocky, so I’m more than thankful Stallone never gave up.

Sylvester Stallone Remembers Time He Nearly Died Making ‘Rocky IV’

The Rocky clips Sylvester Stallone recently shared are far from the only behind-the-scenes looks he’s given us throughout the years. Another interesting fact about the Rocky series is the fact he nearly died filming Rocky IV.

You may not know this, but Dolph Lundgren, the actor who played Ivan Drago, is an accomplished martial artist. Daily Mail provided details about the incident, which came to be after Stallone encouraged Lundgren not to hold back. “Well, he pulverized me,” Stallone admitted.

The beating did more damage internally than Stallone could have thought, putting him in mortal danger. “He had bruised the perio cardio sac, which is when the heart hits the chest. Like in a car accident when your chest hits the steering wheel,” he stated. He was rushed to the hospital to receive medical attention and was in intensive care for four days afterward. Stallone truly believed he was on the verge of death, commenting he was close to “talking to angels.”

Fortunately, he recovered and was able to continue eating lightning and crapping thunder.