Sylvester Stallone as Robert "Rocky" Balboa and Talia Shire as Adriana "Adrian" Pennino in Rocky
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Sylvester Stallone Thinks Talia Shire Deserves More Credit For Rocky’s Success
In the documentary “The Making of Rocky vs. Drago,” Sylvester Stallone talked about how important actress Talia Shire was to the success of the original “Rocky” and the sequels. Shire’s contributions to the franchise as Adrian and how much she humanized the future heavyweight champ are not mentioned enough, and Stallone seems determined to rectify that.
On Shire’s impact, Stallone remarked, “I don't think that she was ever given the full credit for the success of the whole 'Rocky' series because without her there is no him. He just wanted to redeem himself, that he wasn't a bum from the neighborhood and that, in his eyes, he could look in the mirror. 'Wow I amounted to something' and that was due to her.”
Shire’s Adrian provided an atypical nuance to the main love interest in a major motion picture, which wasn't lost on Stallone. He added, “Her incredible, understated acting ability embodied an entire silent majority of women that kind of live in this pressure cooker existence and never really get to blossom and you see her blossom. You see her go from a dying plant to a rose.”