LONDON (January 17, 2007) — Several thousand fans chanted “Rocky, Rocky” as Sylvester Stallone walked down a red carpet in Leicester Square for the British premiere of “Rocky Balboa” to the film’s famous theme tune.
“The crowd are so great and what is really shocking is that they are so young. I guess `Rocky’ translates to younger generations,” said Stallone, 60. “The film means so much to me because to be given a second chance at life is a wonderful thing.”
“Rocky Balboa” — an MGM Pictures release and Stallone’s sixth about the blue-collar Philadelphia boxer — is about the aging prizefighter running a restaurant and mourning the death of wife, Adrian. He is tempted to climb back into the ring one last time when a computer simulation that pits him against a present-day champion shows Rocky would win.
Stallone put in months of training for the role, reportedly suffering a damaged neck and a broken foot.
“I’m a big `Rocky’ fan just like everyone else is,” said Olympic boxing star Amir Khan, who attended the premiere Tuesday night. “I’ve been watching the movie since I was young. I never thought in my life I would come to a `Rocky’ premiere and meet Sylvester Stallone.”
Other celebrities attending the event included Chelsea soccer stars Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips, actress Jennifer Ellison and comic Frank Skinner.