Iconic Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone said that his dog
Butkus had actually inspired him to write script for his
career-changing movie, Rocky. The actor said he has been indebted
to his dog Butkus for the 1976 movie which actually propelled
Sylvester Stallone to fame.
"1971... Since we're on the subject of 'man's best friend' this
is myself and Butkus as a puppy, we were both, thin, hungry and
living in a flophouse above a subway stop, I used to say this
apartment had Hot and cold running roaches" Stallone posted on his
social media account.
He continued, "anyway there was not much to do except spend time
with each other and that's where I started to learn the craft of
screenwriting. Since I never went out, I relied on his
"And actually it was his idea to write Rocky, but don't tell
anyone...," Stallone stated alongside a photograph of him with his
However, the actor also shared his story of misery and hardship
and said at one point of time he had no money to feed his dog and
he had to sell his dog for USD 40 in order to save its life.
"Years later when things got even worse I had to sell him for
USD 40 in front of a 7-Eleven store, because I couldn't afford
food," said Stallone.
"Then like A modern day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold,
and I could buy and buy him back, but the new owner knew I was
desperate, and charged me USD 15,000 ... He was worth every penny!"
Stallone added further.