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Sylvester Stallone Had a Major Beef with ‘Rocky II’

Sylvester Stallone Had a Major Beef with ‘Rocky II’

When making Rocky II, Sylvester Stallone had worked on a couple of movies after making an incredible first movie in the franchise. There’s something, though, that caused Stallone to have a beef with it. He’d put in so much work around succeeding in the movies.

With Rocky II, Stallone was faced with some serious questions. Not all of them were from Stallone himself, though. They also came from people who have watched his work.

“You know what I think happened? After Rocky, I was almost set up in the eyes of the media to make a flop,” Stallone told Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert in an interview. “The last two years have been pretty tough, public image-wise. I said some things that did not exactly endear me. My ego got blown out of proportion.

“They all ask me, ‘Will Rocky II save your career?’ Is this my comeback, they wanna know?” Stallone said. “Will it pull my career out of the toilet? I didn’t think I was doin’ so bad. I’ve never made a film that lost money. If Rocky II was a comeback, I coulda made it a lot more commercial, Like, Rocky coulda been an astronaut.”

It appears that these critics looking at Rocky II as a comeback movie put some pressure on Stallone. Some critics made it sound like Stallone had not done anything since Rocky. He was in two movies, F.I.S.T. and Paradise Alley, that did OK at the box office. No, they were not blockbuster hits. Yet it was not like Stallone was just sitting around doing nothing. The man was working to hone his craft even more on those movie sets.

Stallone Was Hoping ‘Rocky II’ Would Be Hit

By the time Rocky II came out, Stallone was probably hopeful he would have another big box-office success. People gravitated by the thousands to see Rocky when it first came out. Now, Stallone was returning to a character he’d created and written out himself.

Stallone bet on Stallone in Rocky. It proved to be a wise one. He got a chance to show the doubting critics that he knew what was best for him and the Balboa character.

Another thing Stallone noticed from a personal standpoint was his responses during interviews. Looking back on some of them left him cringing a bit. “I abused power badly,” Stallone told the BBC in an interview, Far Out Magazine reports. “I read some of the interviews I gave now and wish I could go back and punch myself in the face.”

Stallone did learn some lessons from his early interactions with media members. And it seems like his beef with Rocky II faded away as well. This franchise, directly originating from Stallone’s screenplay and star turn, has proven to be quite successful in its own right.

In the ensuing years after the second movie came out, Stallone would stretch himself in different ways. He, of course, also made John Rambo a successful screen character. Yet another franchise for Rambo movies was created, thanks to Stallone.

After solely being focused on movies for decades, Stallone finally moved into the world of television. He stars as Dwight “The General” Manfredi on Tulsa King. Its first season was well received, so Season 2 will be premiering at some point.