“The Best Action Film I’ve Ever Done”: Rocky 1 Isn’t the Movie Sylvester Stallone Is Most Proud Of

Sylvester Stallone, renowned for his roles in blockbuster action franchises, has a unique perspective on his career’s highlights. While his role in “Rocky” brought him into the spotlight, he personally considers “Rambo IV” to be the apex of his action film journey. Despite the fame and success that “Rocky” brought, including its $1 billion gross revenue and three Oscars, Stallone holds “Rambo IV” in higher regard, particularly for its portrayal of the harsh realities of war. This preference is interesting given that “Rocky” was a significant breakthrough for him, not only as an actor but also as a writer.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone expressed his pride in “Rambo IV.” He described it as the “best action film” he’s ever done, citing its truthfulness in depicting the brutality of war. The film, which deals with the civil war in Burma, faced public criticism for its violent content. Stallone, who also directed and co-wrote the film, was initially unsure if it would even be released due to its intense nature. However, upon its release, the film was well-received.

Before his rise to fame with “Rocky,” Stallone’s journey in the entertainment industry was filled with struggles. He took on various odd jobs, from a theater usher to a zoo cleaner, and had only $106 to his name. Inspired by the Ali vs. Wepner fight, he wrote the screenplay for “Rocky” in just three days, depicting the story of a working-class boxer’s unlikely shot at a world title. With a modest budget of $4.83 million, “Rocky” became a monumental success, drastically changing Stallone’s career and life.

Stallone’s preference for “Rambo IV” over “Rocky” as the pinnacle of his action film career highlights his appreciation for the raw and realistic portrayal of conflict, despite the commercial and critical acclaim of “Rocky.”

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