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Trivia: Rocky

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Rocky's signature colors are black and gold, not red, white, and blue. Apollo lent him the American flag trunks for his rematch with Clubber, and Rocky wore them against Drago because he was representing his country. This led to some people being confused when Rocky showed up at the fight in Balboa wearing black and gold instead of "his normal colors."
  • Defictionalization: Played with; while a "Rocky" pinball machine does exist, it's not the one that Paulie smashes in Rocky III.
    • The fight scene in Rocky Balboa? According to an interview, it happened right after an actual boxing event, so people who were there for a pay-per-view match got to see the ending scene to Rocky Balboa, original ending and all! It helps that this was Stallone's choice so he can make the fight as realistic as possible by actually taking and giving hits.
    • The infamous Rocky statue in Philadelphia. It's still there today!
    • Rocky himself is treated as one of the icons of Philadelphia sports, to the point of building statues of him (the same statue from the movies). This may have something to do with real-life Philadelphia sports being the collective Butt Monkey of professional athletics, at least up till the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. Also, Stallone has all but been adopted as a native son of Philly.note 
    • Adrian Balboa has a real grave in Philly.
  • Enforced Method Acting: One of the reasons for Talia Shire's shy and reserved performance in the first film is due to the fact that she was suffering from the flu at the time of filming.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Rocky II features an appearance by then-CBS sportscaster Brent Musberger. CBS-TV New York Sportscaster Warner Wolf appears briefly in Rocky III.
    • And Balboa goes full ESPN/HBO, with appearances by Woody Paige and Skip Bayless in First And Ten, Sportscenter anchors Brian Kenny and Dana Jacobson, and ringside commentary by Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, and Max Kellerman.
    • The adult Rocky Jr. is Peter Petrelli.
    • Don't forget Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips.
    • George O'Hanlon (from The Jetsons) makes a brief cameo in the first movie as a sportscaster.
    • Rocky's trainer and mentor was once a foe of the Caped Crusader as well as the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust.
    • Who knew that Adrian was once part of the Corleones?
    • Apollo Creed battled in the jungle alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger once. Needless to say, it didn't end well.
    • Who knew that Dolph Lundgren would show up in another of Sly's movies years later?
    • Clubber Lang, believe or not, has a fear of flying.
    • Drago's wife once battled alongside Schwarzenegger as Red Sonja and dated Flava Flav in real life, I shit you not.
  • Playing Against Type: Mr. T as Clubber Lang. Having him as an antagonist seems a bit weird, considering his more benevolent roles in The A-Team and Mister T during the same decade.
  • Real-Life Relative: Sage Stallone plays Rocky's son in V.
  • Throw It In: Several genuine prop mistakes in the first movie, such as Rocky's robe being too big and the colors of his shorts being inverted on a poster were referenced in the dialogue to look like intentional mistakes. The former is even mentioned in the second movie.
    • While preparing for Rocky II Stallone tore his right pectoral muscle which had to be operated on. This necessitated a change in the script where Rocky switched from fighting "southpaw" to fighting right-handed through most of the fight and using his left hand to jab.
  • Written By Cast Member: Sylvester Stallone wrote all six movies.
  • What Could Have Been: A handful of these ahead.
    • Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to use "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen for Rocky III', but couldn't get the rights. Instead, he contacted the band Survivor to write a new song, which became "Eye Of The Tiger". It's safe to say it turned out better than Stallone could have hoped.
    • One version of the script for Rocky Balboa had Mr. T reprising his role as Clubber Lang as a commentator for the Balboa/Dixon fight.
    • Carl Weathers wanted to have a cameo in Rocky Balboa as Apollo Creed. This would have removed his death in Rocky IV from continuity. Stallone didn't agree, and Weathers refused permission to use any footage of him in the opening montage.
    • There was also the alternate endings for both Rocky and Rocky Balboa. Both intend to have Rocky win the fight. The original ending of Rocky Balboa even had an extended ending sequence with Mason elaborating on his respect towards Rocky. The latter was filmed and is on all releases of the movie as a deleted scene.
    • Ivan Drago's characterization. Instead of being a 1 dimensional evil Russian cold war character, Drago could have been portrayed as a Max Schmeling (a decent man in real life), or including some of Dolph Lundgren's real life accomplishments like a degree in Chemical Engineering. Of course, this could have also been applied to Clubber Lang, instead of making them cardboard cutouts. Thankfully, Mason Dixon is much more humanized.

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