shares an uncanny, symbiotic connection with Rocky, the underdog boxer character he created four decades ago — a kindred spirit who served as his creative muse in spawning one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises. In his long career Stallone also played another memorable screen role — John Rambo — but Rocky was of his own making and still holds a unique place in the very fabric of his being. “It’s like my brother,” he says. “It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly, or being precious or sentimental, because he is that way.”
In an hours-long interview with Variety, Stallone speaks candidly about how the “Rocky
” movie series impacted his life and career — catapulting him to worldwide fame but, in his view, also dealing him a gut punch that clearly still stings.
Until now, Stallone, 73, never talked publicly