“It Means the World”: Amidst Feud With ‘Creed’ Producers, Sylvester Stallone Channelizing His Inner Rocky Balboa Wins Fans’ Hearts

Published 09/09/2023, 11:50 AM EDT

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Sylvester Stallone, synonymous with excellence, never fails to hook his fans. However, recently, he opted out of “Creed III” over creative differences. This is because he didn’t like the film’s darker tone. He also has an ongoing feud with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler about franchise rights. A 2019 interview revealed Stallone owns no rights to Rocky, reigniting the rivalry in 2022. Contrary to the controversies, Stallone has created a delightful moment for his fans by channeling his inner “Rocky Balboa.”

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As famous, Stallone created and played Rocky Balboa in the Rocky film series. Rocky is a working-class boxer from Philadelphia. He gets a chance at the world heavyweight championship. The character represents the American Dream. He rises from poverty to success and shows excellent spirit and work ethic. Over the series, he becomes a champion, mentor, and widower. Indeed, Balboa is an embodiment of resilience and determination. So, in a recent event, Sylvester gave a speech impersonating this renowned character and left fans with some food for thought.

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The clip of the event was posted by a user named John Rivoli. In the event, he talked about how his grandfather gave him a key because of which he is here today. He implied the importance of family in achieving any big goal. Then, Sly said the next dialogue as Rocky, “I love you and keep pushing.” It resonated with the dialogue of his movie, “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… It’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forward.” 

Furthermore, this speech was swift to overwhelm fans and the live audience of the event.

 

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Heralding the conversation, a fan said, “I expected it to say “the whole world can change” and it would’ve been great anyway..”

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Then, another fan highlighted how inspirational ‘The Italian Stallion’ is. The comment read, “Oh my God!! Sly is the best, no doubt! So beautiful moment, so inspiring!! Keep punching.”

Next, another user shared a moment that made her heart “swell.” The user wrote, “Hearing a bunch of Italians chanting “Rocky! Rocky!” made my little 1% Italian heart swell.”

Furthermore, a follower expressed his immense respect for Sly and his journey. He said, “As an Italo-American whose family migrated here …and to see a first generation Italian American role model like Sly …it means the world”

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Like always, humor never alludes fans. Therefore, a fan had a hilarious insight. The fan said, “With the translator, this reminds me of the end of Rocky 4 when he is speaking to the Russian crowd.”

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Sylvester Stallone remains a legend, even amid controversies. He stepped away from Creed III but stepped up as Rocky Balboa for his fans. His recent speech struck a chord, echoing the resilience and spirit of his iconic character. Fans reacted with awe, humor, and deep respect. Stallone proves that, like Rocky, he can still captivate hearts and inspire generations. The man and the myth merge, and the audience loves it.

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What is your take on the speech? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Tanya Tewari

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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.
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