I have to admit that hearing what Sylvester Stallone has to say about Rocky Balboa makes it sound a lot less outrageous, at least until I remember that it's the sixth installment in a series that withered away at least two movies ago. When Stallone puts Rocky's return to the ring in the context of his own generation, it actually makes an abstract kind of sense: as he says, "...No one wants to go away gently anymore. They're staying healthier, they're looking out for themselves. They're driving race cars [and] climbing mountains...Rocky kind of typifies that sense of adventurousness at the cost of looking foolish." See? He knows Rocky is being a fool - that's huge, though of course whether or not that awareness will come across in the film is something else entirely.

Stallone also offers a few more details about the movie's plot, among them the fact that the fight between Rocky and Mason "The Line" Dixon (still the best fight name ever) stems from a simulated bout on ESPN, wherein they pit past fighters against the current champion. Dixon's people smell free publicity and contact Rocky, asking for a fight (as it were); Rocky, obviously, accepts, albeit with reservations. Interestingly, he's torn apart by the press for trying to fight again - think Stallone saw any ironies there when he was writing the script?

Finally, Stallone swears up and down that this is the very last movie for the character. No, seriously. It is.

[via ALOTT5MA]
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