Sly, in the documentary Sylvester Stallone reveals the origin of the name Rocky Balboa

In an exclusive clip from Slythe documentary about Sylvester Stallone directed by Thom Zimny which will be released on Netflix (also visible on Sky Glass, Sky Q and via the Now Smart Stick app) on 3 November, the cinematic icon of Rocky, Rambo And The expendables he revealed the origin of the name of the character Rocky Balboa. As reported by Rolling Stone, on the occasion of his first time in Los Angeles, the actor, 77 years old, suffered a car breakdown in the heart of Hollywood and called for help from the only person he knew, Henry Winkler. Stallone later found himself living in a dilapidated apartment in the Valley, near Balboa Boulevard. Since then the name of the street has connoted the protagonist of the saga Rockycreated and performed by the actor starting in 1976. In 1977 Stallone received two Oscar nominations for the film, respectively for Best Actor in a Leading Role and for Best Original Screenplay, and thus acquired the title of third man in history after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles to receive those two nominations in the same year.


“This story perfectly embodied the same themes I observed in Stallone’s early days that remain relevant today: self-confidence, the power of dreams and ambitions, the inherent beauty of making mistakes, and the randomness of being in the right place at the right time,” commented Zimny. “Sly had the ability to see the world as a source of creative inspiration despite his circumstances. Another great example of this was his choice to name a character after Balboa Boulevard, the street where he had a dilapidated, modest apartment. Stallone had a great talent for finding creative inspiration in the world around him”. The director continued: “I hope audiences gain a new understanding of Sylvester Stallone as a man, director, and artist. I want them to recognize how Sly’s films are intimately woven into the fabric of their lives, while also developing an understanding and appreciation for his work and his dedication to narrative art.”