Almost five decades since the release of “Rocky,” the City of Brotherly Love warmly embraced the star and screenwriter for a special commemoration of the boxing film’s enduring influence.

At 77, Stallone drew parallels between his early struggles as an actor and writer and Rocky Balboa’s journey to success. Reflecting on his ambitious spirit, he remarked, “Naivete is great. You have all of these dreams and aspirations, and you haven’t been embittered yet when life beats ya down. I was very ambitious because there was no ‘plan B.’ At the time, all I had to fall back on was my butt,” as shared with the crowd outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sylvester Stallone had a big surprise during ‘Rocky Day’ in Philadelphia. A nine-year-old boy named Ro Knight from Alabama became the star of the day with his amazing reenactment of a famous Rocky Balboa scene. Ro, who has over 50,000 followers on social media (@Ro_knows_wrestling), became famous overnight because of his love for Rocky. He even got to meet Stallone during the event.

At the event, Ro went up to the famous Rocky statue and gave the well-known speech with so much passion that even Stallone joined in a bit. The video of them together became very popular, and Stallone praised Ro as a “real-life Rocky.” Stallone noticed Ro because of a video from 2021 where the young fan imitated the Rocky speech while wearing the character’s special shorts.

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