Sylvester Stallone has no love for ‘Rocky’ producers

Sylvester Stallone’s review of Rocky Balboa and the new memoir from Creed producer David Winkler are absolutely stunning. And not in a good way.

The “Rocky” star and screenwriter, who has no producer credit on the films, is campaigning for his “rights” to the Oscar-winning franchise. He claims he’s entitled to a bigger share of it after reading The Arrangement: A Love Story.

“You know I love to read and I’ve read thousands of books but I have to say THIS is by far the worst!” Stallone wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “If you ever run out of toilet paper, PLEASE [buy] You won’t be disappointed with this one. It’s very absorbent…”

The Arrangement, David Winkler’s June memoir about becoming “a sugar daddy” (yes, really), is summed up by Stallone as “intolerable, worthless crap” written by “the achingly untalented David Winkler, who is the son of the… remarkably untalented and parasitic is producing Rocky and Creed.”

David’s father, Irwin Winkler, co-produced the Rocky films and also served as producer on the spin-off Creed, the third of which is due out in November. His son and Stallone also share credit production for the Creed films. But Stallone has no producer credits for the six “Rocky” films he wrote and starred in, four of which were sequels he directed.

Three men in tuxedos stand on the stage

“Rocky” co-producers Irwin Winkler (left) and Robert Chartoff (right) with Sylvester Stallone after receiving the Golden Globes at the 1977 Academy Awards.

(Associated Press)

The 76-year-old action icon continued to speak about the famous Hollywood family and the making of the hit film that launched Stallone’s career in 1976 and the decades that followed. He said he’s “hardly ever seen” Irwin Winkler in all those years, but “really respected and loved” Robert Chartoff, who produced the first “Creed” film before he died in 2015. -Image Oscar for the film, not Stallone.)

Chartoff, Stallone said, had “real talent and SOUL, but sadly passed away far too early……. If it wasn’t for Winkler there would have been at least three other Rockys, that would have been wonderful… frankly, these crew are the worst inhumans I’ve ever met in the film industry. I will forever love and keep beating the loyal fans. !!! REMEMBER IT FEELS GOOD TO RELEASE YOUR HEART…”

Stallone was synonymous with the famous boxer Rocky Balboa, whom he created in his Oscar-nominated screenplay. Stallone was later nominated for an Academy Award for Supporting Actor when he reprized the role of the famous Philly fighter in the 2015 spin-off starring Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous “Creed” boxer.

In 2019, the ‘Rambo’ and ‘The Expendables’ star told Variety that he had “no ownership of Rocky” and was “angry” that his claim was dismissed because he’s starring in the iconic underdog film instead could. Irwin Winkler told the Hollywood Reporter in 1983 that her obligation to Stallone was to star in the film and that the producers had to provide their homes as collateral to have it made.

Stallone hit on after his first post on Sunday. The star shared a drawing of Irwin Winkler superimposed on a snake and characterized the work as “a VERY flattering portrait” of the “amazing” producer.

“[A]ter IRWIN who has controlled ROCKY for over 47 years and now CREED I would really like to have at least WHAT is left of my RIGHTS back before I give it to ONLY YOUR CHILDREN – I believe that would be a FAIR gesture out of this 93- he wrote. “It’s a painful subject that gnaws at my soul because I wanted to leave something of Rocky to my kids, but it’s always great to hear from the loyal fans.”

Then on Monday, he also posted a similar drawing of the Winkler family and saluted his followers to “THE REAL ROCKY HORROR SHOW!!

“We are very happy that Rocky Producers IRWIN AND MARGO, CHARLES and DAVID and ENTIRE BIG FAMILY remain healthy and Fed up as Fed by ITALIAN STALLION while CONTROLLING all ROCKY FILMS FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS! Enjoy your meal! Go on!” he wrote.

David and Irwin Winkler declined to comment Monday when reached by email from The Times.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-07-18/sylvester-stallone-rocky-irwin-winkler-david-winkler-book Sylvester Stallone has no love for ‘Rocky’ producers

Sarah Ridley

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