Rocky: the actor who allowed Stallone to make the film

Clement Cuyer

Clement Cuyer


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Henry Winkler, known for his role as Fonzy in the “Happy Days” series, has just revealed that he played a crucial role in helping Sylvester Stallone create the cult movie “Rocky”.

Rocky fans can thank Henry Winkler, known worldwide for his role as the super cool Fonzy in the Happy Days series. The American actor has just revealed that without him, Sylvester Stallone would not have been credited with the film’s script and would probably never have played the iconic boxer on the screen.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Henry Winkler discusses the underside of the deal concerning the scenario of the first part of the franchise pugilistic. Recalling that he was very friends with Stallone in the 70s, the actor says that “Sly” asked him to pass the script of the film to the pundits of the ABC channel, which was broadcasting Happy Days at the time.

“ABC liked the script, so I sold them”, says Henry Winkler. “But they called soon after to say that they wanted to change the screenwriter. I then broke the news to Sly who told me (Winkler then imitates Stallone in a pretty hilarious way, editor’s note) “Henry, don’t let them do this to me!” “

Winkler continues: “I went back to ABC. I told them, ‘I know what I’m doing is weird, but here’s the money, I need you to give me the script back.’ They told me they weren’t doing it. not that but I begged them and they ended up giving it back to me. I then gave the script back to Sly and a year later the movie Rocky was born. “

Rocky, directed by John G. Avildsen on a screenplay, therefore, by Sylvester Stallone, was released in French theaters in 1977. The first opus of the cult saga was crowned Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Henry Winkler shares how he helped Stallone make “Rocky”:

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