What a difficult decision Sylvester Stallone had to make for fame, and what does his dog Butkus have to do with it
Sylvester Stallone - a legend of cinematography: an incredibly charismatic actor, talented director, screenwriter and producer. He starred in the most iconic action films of the 20th century, almost all of which became classics of their time and genre. Today his name is known all over the world, and among his fans are countless viewers of all ages... But this, of course, was not always the case. Like many geniuses, Stallone was not born into a rich or famous family. He had very ordinary parents, whose divorce the boy had to survive at a tender age ...
It's Stallone today. millionaire and star. His fortune is estimated at about half a billion dollars! Colossal money! And it is unlikely that at that time, in his youth, the future icon thought that he would ever earn so much. And his films, by the way, have grossed billions of dollars... Unbelievable. And not surprisingly, that for this man has long been entrenched status. icons. But as is often the case, behind Stallone's great success is not only hard work, but also difficult memories... In particular, one of them has to do with the difficult decision he took with pain in his heart in the name of glory.
First, a little backstory. Only the most devoted fans know that Sylvester Stallone was born with a damaged facial nerve. His childhood was more or less peaceful until the age of five. Although no, it was hardly peaceful, because the father of the future idol was notable for a heavy disposition and passion for the opposite sex, which often led to scandals in the family. When he was about 11 years old, his parents divorced, and Sylvester lived with each of his parents in turn for a while. But eventually, when his father rejected him completely, he began living with his mother. The young man had a hard time at school and was repeatedly expelled from various institutions...
A guy's life was turned upside down after the film's success "Rocky"In which he played the title role and for which he personally wrote the screenplay. But during that period when he was working on it, his life was just awful.
A difficult period and a difficult choice
Anyone who loves animals even a little bit will tell you: a dog is not just a pet, but a complete family member. Agree: animals give us an incredible mood, energy, inspiration... They give us joy, especially willingly, if we treat them with goodies. In general - it's not just a "background addition to life", but part of it. And people who grew up or lived with a beloved pet for many years can no longer imagine their life without it! And Sylvester Stallone is one of those people.
The future public favorite grew up with his four-legged friend named ButkusHe was a friend, even at the height of his early success! Few people knew this story, and the actor himself never talked about it much... But in 2017 he shared a heartbreaking photo with Butkus and, at the same time, a sad story of his youth. The caption under the photo read:
"This is me and Butkus in my youth: we were both skinny, hungry, and lived in a dormitory above a subway station. We struggled to make ends meet, and we were together until I had to make a difficult decision..."
At that time, Stallone had already begun writing the screenplay for "Rocky"but he was not yet famous. He had no money and sometimes had to do without food.
"After a while, when things got really bad, I had to sell Butkus for $40. I had nothing to eat..."
Stallone sold his mate, but soon his business have greatly improved. He also sold the script he had worked on for so long under difficult circumstances. And that meant that now Butkus could go home! Well, and the fact that the road was open for Sylvester into the big futureof course.
According to the story, the main character in the film also has a dog, and this was a stumbling block. The budget was small, and every penny counted. As Stallone put it:
"We couldn't even afford a frail hamster! And here we needed a dog that understands commands well..."
And then Sylvester remembered Butkus, and made him screen star! True, he had to ransom his friend for a lot of money:
"Seeing that I was desperate, they demanded $15,000 from me! And I paid it. And you know what I say? Butkus was worth every penny..."
Unfortunately, Butkus is gone. in 1981. But I'm sure he has lived a bright, rich and extreme life, with an owner like Stallone! As for the actor himself, before he adores dogs, but he still keeps his love for his first friend... If you believe some sources, he even got a tattoo of his dog, to which he owes his fame to some extent.