Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sylvester Stallone is the Real Rocky Balboa

I just wanted to throw out a timely tribute to Sylvester Stallone. He is a legend dripping with class. History has recorded that. His first Rocky Movie was a masterpiece as was each successive one in the series. In addition to that he has put out many classics including Rambo and the Expendables. Sylvester Stallone is someone us zoomers can relate to because he walks the walk. He is the defining role in motivation and has always retained class and dignity in everything he produced.

There is a new movie out about the Chuck Wepner story. He's the guy that went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and was the inspiration for the first Rocky movie. To say that Chuck Wepner is the real Rocky Balboa is completely false because Sylvester Stallone developed that character into what it was for generations past the first fight in the first movie. I don't want to disrespect Chuck Wepner because he did in fact go 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali.That was an impressive historical act he should be commended for. Chuck was the creator of the rabbit punch that Ali kept complaining about. I remember watching the fight when I was a kid. That fight may indeed have inspired the original Rocky but the character Rocky Balboa has entertained and inspired us for generations. It was a fictional character Sylvester Stallone created and developed.

Speaking of class, let's fast forward to Rocky Balboa where Rocky defends little Marie years after trying to steer her away from the sleazebags she was hanging around with when she was a young girl. He befriends her and her son and she ends up helping him in the process.

The movie Creed was a masterpiece. My daughter was never really into the Rocky movies but when Creed came out she said a hot young black guy, I'll go to see that. She got a bit teary eyed during the movie because it hit a little too close to home. Rocky gets cancer in his old age and decides he's not going to bother fighting it. He figures he's lived a good life and it's time for the next generation to take up the torch. Then he meets Apollo's son played by Michael B. Jordan and discovers a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Apollo's son asks Rocky about his son and asks him if he ever taught his son to box. Naw, he said. His son wasn't really into the boxing scene. He's a really good kid and moved away to a place called Vancouver to get out of his old man's shadow. Rocky's speech to his son in the Rocky Balboa movie was epic. That movie was inspired by George Foreman who went back into the ring after his retirement when he was older. George Foreman was another real life hero.

Sylvester Stallone has put out a tremendous amount of movies and they all have class. They're not trashy and they all have an inspiring moral to them. That is his legacy so it is. He has inspired us to do good and be better. Stallone won a Golden Globe for his performance in the movie Creed and well he should but the real award comes from the multitude of lives he has touched and inspired. Looking forward to the next generation, this world needs to hear a little more from rock solid actors like Michael B. Jordan and a little less from flaming idiots like Justin Beiber.

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