Sylvester Stallone is a living example of larger-than-life stardom. One of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood effortlessly wooed the entire world with his boyish charms and rustic in-ring performances with his greatest sports drama franchise. He has been the face of the Rocky franchise for over three decades.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone has portrayed one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. His portrayal of Rocky Balboa made him a superstar on a global front and even went on to earn three Academy Awards. Reportedly, Rocky has been removed by one of the leading streaming giants recently.

Netflix Removes Sylvester Stallone’s Billion Dollar Action Franchise Rocky

According to the reputed media outlet, The Direct one of the biggest streaming giants has removed a few installments of Sylvester Stallone’s franchise Rocky. According to the statement made by Netflix, the five installments of the 1970s sports drama would be leaving the streaming platform by September 30.

The first five chapters of Rocky starting from Rocky I released in 1976 to 1990s Rocky V would not be available on Netflix by the end of September 2023. However, the first two installments of Rocky and Michael B. Jordan’s Creed chapters are currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone In Rocky

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Reportedly, the reputed entertainment company MGM was acquired by Amazon for $8.5 billion in 2022. The billion-dollar studio has produced every Rocky movie since 2006 and has been the official distributor since the release of Rocky III in 1982. However, it has been speculated that after the removal of the first five installments from Netflix, they can make an entry on Amazon Prime.

In an era where people struggle to remember the star cast, dialogues, and plot of movies, fans around the world still talk about Sylvester Stallon’s heavyweight, pulse-pounding performance in the Rocky franchise.

Sylvester Stallone On The Ownership Dispute Of Rocky

Sylvester Stallone had written the screenplay of Rocky within three days of selling its rights to the producer duo Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. The deal deprived the Rocky star of a stake in the equity, which later went on to become one of the reasons, why the actor feels he was cheated. During an interview with the reputed media outlet Variety, The Expendables actor said-
“I was very angry. I was furious. “Rocky” is on TV around the world more than any other Oscar-winning film other than “Godfather.” You have six of them, and now you have “Creed” and “Creed II. I love the system — don’t get me wrong. My kids and their kids, they’re taken care of because of the system. But there are dark little segues and people that have put it to ya. They say the definition of Hollywood is someone who stabs you in the chest. They don’t even hide it.”
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

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While talking about how Rocky, the underdog boxer went on to strike a chord with the audience, he said-

” It was like the first “Rocky.” There’s something about the perseverance of being so overwhelmed by life and still driving through it. People can relate to it on a subliminal level. … Rocky is very touchable. He was the most insecure fighter ever. He just had no belief in himself whatsoever, and I think a lot of people feel that way. They see the character in the film overcome it, and they say, “You know, I could do that too.” So I think the relatability and lack of guile he has [is what appeals].”

Rocky I and Rocky II are currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Netflix

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