Sylvester Stallone reveals the one deal breaker Adele had last year before buying his mansion in Los Angeles.
During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, published online Monday, the Rocky statue facing the pool in his former home was raised. When asked if he wanted to take it with him when he sold the house, the actor replied, “I did.”
But Adele had another plan in mind: she wanted to keep the image to herself. Stallone said the ‘Easy on Me’ singer told him, ‘That’s not a deal. That will ruin the whole deal.”
The actor eventually let her keep the statue of his iconic character, boxer Rocky Balboa. He added, “I like what she does, she makes it beautiful.”
TMZ reported earlier this month that the singer was completely renovating the mansion she bought for $58 million.
Released in 1976, the John G. Avildsen directed film became one of the actor’s best-known films and roles. Rocky went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture, and Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for his lead role in the film. In 2016, he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor when he reprized his role as Rocky in the spin-off, Belief.
Last year, Stallone sat down at the table The Hollywood Reporter in his “barn” at his farm/home in Hidden Hills, California, for a November 2022 cover story. During the interview, he got candid about his past social media posts criticizing Irwin Winkler, producer of the rocky And Belief franchises, and his son David Winkler, as well as his anger over the franchise ownership dispute.
When asked if there was any movement in the dispute, he said, “No. It’s never going to happen. It was a deal made without my knowledge by people I thought were close to me and they basically gave all rights away that I would have had.
He continued: “At the time I was so excited to work and I didn’t understand that this is a business. Who would have thought that Rocky would go on for another 45 years? I’ve never used one (dialog line) from anyone else – and the irony is I don’t own any of it. The people who literally did nothing control it.”
He admitted they wanted to do another one rocky and “was willing to do it. But I said, ‘After 45 years, can we change the playing field a little bit? Flatten? Can’t I get a piece of what I made all those years ago?’”
Not only did he play the infamous boxer, the character Rocky Balboa came out of Stallone in 1976 after writing a 90-page script in three days.