Sylvester Stallone Returns to Philly for Special ‘Rocky 4’ Premiere

by Samantha Whidden

On Wednesday (November 10th), Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram to announce he was returning to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to make an appearance at a special premiere for his 1985 film Rocky IV. 

“Going to Philly for the premiere of Rocky versus Drago!” Sylvester Stallone wrote in the post. “Thank you and Keep Punching, like your life depends on it, because it does.”

According to its IMDb, Rocky IV follows Sylvester Stallone’s character Rocky Balboa, who proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship. But a new challenger, Drago, steps up to challenge Balboa. Drago is a six-foot-four, 216-pound fighter who has at the backing of the former Soviet Union. 

Sylvester Stallone not only acted in the film, but he also directed it. Those who starred in film alongside Stallone were Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, and Dolph Lundgren. The film did extremely well at the box office during its initial release. It secured $300.4 million. But it has a 40% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Sylvester Stallone Reveals He Nearly Died During the Making of ‘Rocky IV’ 

During his The Making of Rocky vs Drago By Sylvester Stallone documentary, Stallone revealed that he actually almost died during the making of Rocky IV. While chatting about the fight scene between Balboa and Drago, Stallone said he encouraged Lundgren, who played Drago, to show his “dominance” in the scene. 

“Well, he pulverized me,” Stallone declared. “And I didn’t feel it in the moment. But later that night, my heart started to swell.”

Stallone then stated how his blood pressure went up to 260 and that’s when things took a turn. “And I was going to be talking to angels Next thing I know, I’m on this emergency, low-altitude flight. I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns and then after that, I had to go back and finish the fight.”

Stallone also recalled having to stay in the intensive care unit for a total of four days before making his return to the Rocky IV set. He also shared that Lundgren’s punch to his chest is actually what’s in the original film. “How could you make that out?”

Stallone recently shared the link to the documentary on Instagram. “If you haven’t seen this documentary, you should,” he wrote in the post. “If you really wanna what goes on in the filmmaker’s mind, what really creates the amazing images, and hopefully the excitement. So watch this documentary.

The actor and director goes on to further explain that he believes it’s the best documentary ever done on the subject. He then added, “Because you will be there in the moment.