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Sylvester Stallone Had to Channel His Inner Picasso Before Writing Scripts For His $1.7 Billion Movie Franchise: “I wanted to have a mental image of him”

While there may be a lot of superstars that have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as action stars, there is no denying that the name of Sylvester Stallone will always be on the top of the list with a select few from the industry. Being one of the biggest names in the business for carrying multiple multi-million dollar franchises in the past with his bada*s persona and hardened characters, the star was a celebrated individual that made making blockbusters look easy.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

But apart from a life of making superhits and proving why he’s one of the greatest action heroes of all time, the star is also known for his artistic side and dexterity with a paintbrush. Thus, when he revealed that he used his talent for painting to create a mental image of Rocky Balboa in his head, the people who know about his talents were not surprised.

Sylvester Stallone Used His Art To Bring Rocky Balboa To Life!

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in the Rocky franchise

Although he may be fondly remembered for playing several roles in his life, the role of Rocky Balboa in the Rocky and Creed franchises probably will stay his most iconic and memorable role till date. A tale of an Italian boxer who gradually reaches the pinnacle of  the martial art and sport was depicted to perfection by the Tulsa King star, while also being the writer of the series as well. But what helped him bring the character to life was his love for painting.

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In an Instagram post made by the star on his page, he posted the image of him standing in front of a framed portrait of his character Rocky. before entering the Hollywood industry, Stallone was known as a gifted painter who expressed himself through the stroke of a brush. Thus, it was natural for him to bring the character he had written to life so he could get a picture about what he had to do to make it as memorable as he could.

Sylvester Stallone with his portrait of Rocky Balboa

Posting the picture on his Instagram, he wrote:

“Before I wrote the script for Rocky, because I wanted to have a mental image of him in my mind, so this is the way I pictured him at the time…The eyes tell the story.”

Thus, bringing the image to life, the star was excellently able to make the most of the character, which helped Rocky to win the Oscar for Best Picture in 1977.

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What’s Next For Sylvester Stallone?

Sylvester Stallone in a still from Tulsa King
Sylvester Stallone in a still from Tulsa King

While it may be true that the Creed franchise is continuing the legacy of Stallone’s Rocky Balboa, it seems like the star doesn’t think the same as he has taken his leave from the franchise, which means we wouldn’t see him guiding Adonis Creed anymore. But the good news is the fact that his critically acclaimed TV show Tulsa King has been renewed for a second season. While we don’t have the details about when the production will begin, we can say for sure that Stallone will make sure everything is perfect.

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