Rocky Balboa, filmdom's most famous boxer, has run up the great stone steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, possibly for the last time. "I think this is the final chapter. My legs are going," actor Sylvester Stallone joked during a Saturday break in filming "Rocky V."
Stallone, who was a near-unknown when he first played the boxer who rose from the slums of Philadelphia to become world champion, said his next challenge would be "getting down the steps without falling." He's 43.
The original "Rocky," winner of the 1976 Academy Award for best picture, showed Philadelphia's cityscape to millions as boxer Rocky Balboa trained by running through its Italian Market and up the steps of the museum.
Stallone and his crew filmed what he called the "turning point" in his latest "Rocky" film at dawn Saturday. He has said little about the sequel's script, which he wrote.
"Rocky V," with a $40 million budget, is said to have heavyweight champion Balboa retiring from the ring and running the gym where he once trained. He takes under his wing an ex-convict, to be played by boxer Tommy Morrison, 20, a great-grandnephew of the late John Wayne.