If you like combat sports odds are that you loved watching Sylvester Stallone lace up the gloves in the Rocky movies.
Rocky Balboa is a cinema icon and helped Stallone become a household name in Hollywood. The series continues to this day with the most recent installments of Creed. The Creed films focus on Adonis Johnson the son of Rocky’s friend Apollo Creed. Creed 2 is set to be released in theaters on November 21, 2018, and the action looks amazing.
One of the most famous Rocky movies was Rocky IV which pitted Rocky vs. Ivan Drago in a battle of the USA vs. the Soviet Union. Ivan Drago was played by Dolph Lundgren and was a tank of a man. Lundgren prepared for his role by training in Boxing for five months, but he has a background in martial arts. He was a second-degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate.
Sylvester Stallone was the director as well as the main actor in the movie. To his credit, he was wanted to make the movie look as authentic as possible. He got the bright idea to actually fight with Lundgren for real when they were filming their fight scene. Let’s just say it ended up being a pretty bad idea.
Lundgren was no real life slouch, the man was a martial artist.
Stallone was inspired after watching a fight between Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns put on an amazing fight. Unfortunately, this inspiration landed him in the hospital.
He explained exactly what happened during “An Evening with Sylvester Stallone” and it is quite the story.
“Hey I got an idea, for the first 45 seconds, really try to knock me out, I mean go for it,” said Stallone. “Bad idea. He comes across—boom, boom! He catches me in the chest. Woah. Cut, cut cut, I am directing so I can do that. CUT CUT. He says, ‘What?’ I said, ‘What? I thought I had a car accident!
Sylvester Stallone knows how to tell a story.
You have to give Stallone credit for wanting to make this as real as could be. Very ambitious and crazy, especially because he wanted it to be like Hagler vs. Hearns. That fight was two of the toughest Boxers going toe to toe.
If you haven’t seen that fight then you are missing out. I don’t think you can call yourself a boxing fan if you haven’t enjoyed the violence that those two put on in their fight. It was dubbed “The War” because of how they went after each other.
The fight only lasted eight minutes, but it is argued that it was the most exciting eight minutes in Boxing history. Hagler ended up winning the fight by KO in what was the cusp of his career. You can watch the classic fight below.
The eight most exciting minute in Boxing ever.
What did you think? Crazy for Stallone to want to recreate that war right? Either way, fans loved watching Rocky IV as much as they loved watching Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns throw down.
I don’t think Stallone will be making the same suggestion to Michael B. Jorda who plays Adonis in Creed 2.