Sylvester Stallone — Rocky Balboa in the flesh — had tourists outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art seeing double on Friday when he made an unannounced appearance at the foot of the Rocky statue.
Stallone, 71, is in Philly to film Creed 2, the sequel to the Rocky spinoff Creed. It was the perfect time then to rededicate the statue that he himself commissioned in 1983.
Stallone explained that there was more to the story too: A plaque meant for the statue had been misplaced for years and finally found. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was there to present, and startled fans loved it.
The crowd broke into chants of “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” which can be heard at the end of Stallone’s Instagram video.
“It’s like I never left here,” Stallone told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I am Philly, Philly is me. My life began here, you know?”
Although Stallone has had other blockbuster franchises over the years, such as Rambo and The Expendables, Rocky is the one for which he’s best known. The original 1976 movie, which he wrote and starred in, won the Oscar for Best Picture. He also earned nods for his Best Screenplay and his Best Actor. Five sequels and 2015’s Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Rocky’s mentee, followed.
Stallone is a writer, producer, and star of the latest installment, which he teased during his stop. It’s scheduled to be released on Nov. 21.
“Buckle your seat belts,” Stallone said. “Because Michael B. Jordan is coming.”
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