It’s good to be back.
Here’s some interesting stuff you might find interesting:
- Sylvester Stallone’s original script for the first Rocky film was *very* different to what we ended up with. The story originally ended with a disheartened Rocky throwing the match and retiring from boxing.
- Rocky was one of the first films to use the newly invented steadicam. Garrett Brown, who invented the device and served as Cinematographer on the film, used it on for several scenes, including most of the training sequences and the fight between Balboa and Apollo Creed.
- The original montage music composed by Bill Conti was only 30 seconds long. As more and more training footage was added to the scene, Conti was forced to add an extra two minutes to his piece.
- Sylvester Stallone received his third Oscar nomination for Creed, his second nomination for the same role. Only five other actors have that record:
- Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth
- Paul Newman as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson
- Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
- Peter O’Toole as King Henry II
- Bing Crosby as Father Charles O’Malley
- Writer and Director Ryan Coogler approached Stallone with his idea for Creed before his first feature, Fruitvale Station, was even released.
- Coogler is set to direct Marvel’s Black Panther solo film, which will also star Michael B Jordan in a villainous role. Coogler has stated that if a sequel to Creed is in development, he most likely won’t be involved.
That’s all for this week. Next week, Deeby and Wumi are teaming up to find the pitch that smells like sunflowers.