Seven Rocky Film Facts
- “Rocky” is short for Rockinald.
- In the abattoir scene where Rocky trains by punching cow carcasses, this was originally supposed to be set in a Wacky Warehouse.
- Rocky wears shorts in his fights but wardrobe wanted him to wear a pant suit.
- Rocky climbs 12,498 steps in the famous running up steps scene. This has become a famous landmark for fans to recreate a scene. There is now a defibrillator on every third step.
- Pound for pound Rocky Marciano’s punch was hard enough to shell a hard-boiled egg.
- Sylvester Stallone both wrote, directed and acted in Rocky. He also played the parts of Adrienne, Creed and Mickey the coach. This later inspired Sylvester Stallone to take on the part of Eddie Murphy to take on multiple parts in The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps.
- Burgess Meredith who played Coach Mickey in the film also appeared as The Penguin in the Adam West series of Batman. Stallone devised the character as a retirement story arc for The Penguin character and asked West to accept Rocky as canon in the DC universe. His request was approved.