Sylvester Stallone Is Hosting a Free Rocky Facebook Watch Party Tonight
By Jake Rossen
Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa has been entrenched in popular culture since 1976, when Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in Rocky. The film spawned a franchise with five sequels—with another potentially on the way—and two spin-off films, 2015’s Creed and 2018’s Creed II. The original, however, remains one of the most heartfelt. Stallone, not yet a star or sporting single-digit body fat, inhabited the streetwise palooka with a rumpled charm.
If you’d like to hear Stallone’s insights into the making of the film, you’re in luck. The MGM Facebook page is hosting a free livestream of the movie tonight, May 21, at 7 p.m. EST. Stallone will be appearing on camera and responding to fans.
The event is intended to benefit communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Links will be provided where viewers can donate to organizations working on relief efforts, including the World Health Organization, #FirstRespondersFirst, DonorsChoose, and America’s Food Fund.
If you need conversation fodder, you could ask Stallone about the time Rocky nearly became a member of G.I. Joe, how Dolph Lundgren bruised Stallone’s heart during the filming of 1985’s Rocky IV, or about the downbeat original ending to Rocky, in which the boxer accepts a bribe to lose to Apollo Creed.