Bullied Child Grew Up To Become A Sylvester Stallone-Endorsed Rocky Impersonator
Sylvester Stallone is best known for portraying two of the most iconic characters in movie history whose names start with an ‘R’, ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’. Both movies have their own franchises that are still going on to this day. We last saw Rocky in ‘Creed II’ in 2018 and this year 2019, we’ll see him in ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’.
We love both these characters but we tend to ignore the cultural impact they have had on us and on our generation. We’re not talking about ‘Rambo’ but instead ‘Rocky’. Rocky Balboa was the fictional boxer that shot Sylvester Stallone into the spotlight because of how relatable it was with the public and the masses.
1Who is Rocky?
In the long list of fictional boxers, there aren’t many who are as famous as ‘Rocky Balboa’. Nicknamed the ‘The Italian Stallion’, he is the brainchild of American actor Sylvester Stallone who has played him in all eight rocky movies as well as the spin-off ‘Creed I and II’. Stallone has been playing the character since 1976’s ‘Rocky’ till 2018’s ‘Creed II’.
2Why was Rocky so popular?
The thing about a fictional character that makes it resonate with the audience is similarities between the character and the audience. Rocky was always just an everyday man with a simple, everyday life. He was just an amateur boxer who had the heart and willpower to go the distance, proving to the audience that you can do it if you keep trying hard.
3Today’s main man
Today we’re talking about Mike Kunda. As a boy, he saw ‘Rocky’ as his hero and it helped him as he was dealing with bullies. Mike wasn’t from a well-to-do family and wasn’t very tough. He was constantly picked on and head to deal with being bullied until his father showed him the first ‘Rocky’ movie in 1976 when he was just eight years old.
4Dealing with bullies
Mike wasn’t a tough kid who handled confrontation well and that was the reason why bullies picked on him. In his own words, he used to come back home with bruises and cuts all over his face and hands. He also said that he wore his Superman costume under his clothes in the hope that it would give him the strength to face them but it never happened.
5The movie that changed his life
When he was eight years old his father took him to see ‘Rocky’ in 1976 and it was going to be the movie that changed his life. He said that until he saw the movie, he could never feel confident no matter how supporting his family was. Once he saw the movie something inside of him clicked.