Sylvester Stallone is ‘Very Proud’ His Rocky Versus Apollo Creed Fight Scene Receives Top Honors From Ratings Website

by Josh Lanier
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Rotten Tomatoes weighed up the opponents and took the tale of the tape and has decided that the best fight scene in cinema history is in Rocky. Specifically, the fight between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the film was happy with the judges’ decision.

He celebrated the win on Instagram.

“Very proud that ROTTEN TOMATOES has chosen Rocky versus Apollo Creed as the greatest fight scene in the history of cinema! It has been an incredible honor to have created this character and The joy it has brought for decades.! But ROCKY VS DRAGO COMING this November, to me was is the hardest accomplishment of all … KEEP PUNCHING! #carlweathers. #dolphlungren #mgm,” he captioned the photo.

It’s an impressive win for the 1976 film but one that is well earned. Many audiences still consider the film one of the greatest sports movies of all time. But it has some serious competition in the fight category. Though, the brutal alley beatdown in They Live will forever hold a special place in my fight-loving heart.

Sylvester Stallone was up for two Oscars for his performance and the script. Though he didn’t win either, the movie took home Best Picture and Best Director. But more than that, it reinvigorated a genre of film and launched a series of sequels and spin-offs that continue to this day.

Sylvester Stallone Had to Fight to Get ‘Rocky’ Made

Sylvester Stallone said the idea for Rocky came from real life. He had gone to see Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner when the unthinkable happened.

“And what I saw was pretty extraordinary,” he told Michael Watson. “I saw a man called ‘The Bayonne Bleeder’ fight the greatest fighter who ever lived. And for one brief moment, this supposed stumblebum turned out to be magnificent. And he lasted and knocked the champ down. I thought if this isn’t a metaphor for life.”

Stallone was hungry for work — and for food. He was so flat broke he sold his dog for fear that it would starve to death. But he toiled over Rocky for months, eventually turning in a draft that producers loved. They just didn’t want him to play Rocky Balboa. They offered him more than $300,000 for the script, and he turned it down despite the fact he was nearly homeless at this point.

“I thought, ‘You know what? You’ve got this poverty thing down,” he said. “You really don’t need much to live on.’ I sort of figured it out. I was in no way used to the good life. So I knew in the back of my mind that if I sell this script. and it does very very well, I’m going to jump off a building if I’m not in it.”

Eventually, producers relented and gave him $1 million to make the movie. That’s a lot of money but not much for a major motion picture even in 1976. He brought in family and friends to play roles for cheap and shot with cheap cameras to come in under budget, Forbes said. The gritty, real feel this created added to the movie’s ethos.