As Sylvester Stallone’s most iconic character hands the baton to Michael B. Jordan in the movie theater this week with the release of Creed, we’re taking time to reflect on the incredible, decades-spanning saga of Rocky Balboa.
With, now, seven turns as Philadelphia’s most beloved (fictional) star under his belt, Stallone has transformed time and time again for the big screen ring (as well as other roles). The journey has taken the actor from an impoverished wannabe-screenwriter to thriving member of Hollywood’s elite. Aside from the obvious damage done to Stallone’s body due to an insistence on authenticity, the franchise has been a life-changing experience for the star, and one with many interesting stories.
While fans of the series may have favorites among the six movies, each, without a doubt, comes with its own interesting crop of behind-the-scenes tales.
So, cue up “Gonna Fly Now,” sit back, and take a trip through thirty years of botched fights and could-have-beens. Here’s what you didn’t know about the Rocky films.