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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."
  • Cast the Expert: Tommy Gunn is played by a real life boxer: Tommy Morrison. Even his back story is similar.
  • The Danza: Tommy Morrison as Tommy Gun in Rocky V.
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Slimy, self-aggrandizing fight promoter G.W. Duke is basically Don King with a haircut, at one point even dropping King's Catch Phrase "Only in America!"
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When production on Rocky III was being planned in late 1980 and early 1981, a brash, arrogant, hated muscleman and rising WWF star Hulk Hogan began bragging on the WWF's television programs that he had (supposed) connections with Sylvester Stallone and was going to get a key part in the then-under development film. Hogan bragged that the movie would make him a huge international star and it would mean bigger and better things. Surprising thing is Hogan was right! (Of course, it helped that, by the time Rocky III opened in the late spring of 1982, he was a face and the most popular wrestler in the American Wrestling Association.)
  • 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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