One of the main bad guys from State Of The Union then picks up the patch of skin and says, "Poor Xander, you never had very much between the ears." Because the producers didn't want to burn that bridge; they wanted to bomb it.
Something else that bombed? xXx: State Of The Union. Turns out the franchise ain't shit without Diesel, so they had to un-kill his character to keep the series going. We don't know what Diesel's exact conditions for coming back were, but it's probably not a coincidence that the third movie shares no producers with the first two except for Diesel himself.
Stallone Was Determined To Kill Rocky Balboa In Rocky V, But The Suits Stepped In
Rocky V may have successfully killed off the Rocky franchise for 16 years, but it would have done a lot more than that had Sylvester Stallone had his way. The movie had a lot of problems, not the least of which was Stallone's insistence in casting his own son in a major role, despite the fact that he A) was not a very good actor, and B) was way too old to be playing the same kid we saw at the end of Rocky IV, unless Rocky had been feeding him fast-acting steroids instead of breakfast.
1990 was a great year for nepotism.
The film also suffered from massive studio interference, which is normally a recipe for disaster. But in this case, it saved an iconic character. Stallone had decided at the time that Rocky needed to die at the end of the film. Not content with having Tommy Morrison kill our eardrums every time he spoke, he was also supposed to kill Rocky. In the shooting script, Rocky is beaten to death in the fight with Tommy Gunn, and Adrian gives a speech next to the Rocky statue, telling people to believe in themselves and whatever.
Nothing screams "inspirational" like your hero getting beaten to death in a fistfight.
Two weeks into shooting, director John G. Avildsen got a call from the head of the studio telling him in no uncertain terms that Rocky Balboa was not going to die in this film -- because, in his words, "These people don't die." (Italians?) Unlike with Lethal Weapon, there were no plans for more sequels here. The studio just thought that Rocky dying was too damn depressing. Avildsen took their concerns/demands to Stallone, who finally wrote a new ending: the wholly original idea of Rocky triumphing against the odds and embracing his wife as people cheered for him.
Rocky lived, the franchise died, and years later, Stallone and Ryan Coogler revitalized the character and the series with a pair of new films (Rocky Balboa and Creed) which were way better than they had any right to be. Thanks, Rocky V.
This time, the kid is too young to be Apollo's real son. Math isn't Stallone's strong suit.
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