Rocky III

Trivia: Mr. T was chosen for this role by Stallone himself - he spotted Mr. T in a "world's toughest bouncer" contest (which Mr. T won). What sold Stallone was Mr. T's snazzy dressing, no-nonsense attitude and spectacular lingo. Apparently, the line that solidified him on the idea of hiring T was Mr. T's answer to the question "how do you handle potential troublemakers?". Mr. T had his head shaved bald at the time, and his answer was "I tell dem fools that mah patience is as long as the hair on mah head." He was hired almost instantly. The role in Rocky III got him the spot in the A-Team, and the rest is history...

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Trivia: When Rocky is on the exercise bike during his public training session for his first fight with Clubber Lang, a blonde groupie comes along and asks him if she could have a kiss. This groupie is Sasha Czack, who was Sylvester Stallone's first wife.

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Trivia: Before Mr. T was cast, heavyweight boxer Earnie Shavers was considered for the role of Clubber Lang. This was because Sylvester Stallone thought that he was good enough to fight a real boxer instead of an actor. But during a practice fight Shavers, taking it easy on the star, broke two of Stallone's ribs in less than three rounds, and was immediately dropped from consideration.

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Trivia: After the film Hulk Hogan started to use the theme song "Eye of the Tiger" to make his entrance in the WWF where he wrestled.

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Trivia: The footage of Rocky in the Muppets show were taken from the real show with Sylvester Stallone as the guest.

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Trivia: According to Chuck Wepner the boxer vs wrestler match was inspired by the match between him and Andre the giant.

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Trivia: Frank Stallone was going to be a boxer against Rocky in the beginning but he only took a role as a rival of Clubber Lang.

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Trivia: When Rocky takes a swig of water from the bottle during the rematch with Clubber Lang, he spits the water into the bucket and some of it goes onto Paulie's shirt. Watch for Burt Young's genuine reaction.

Trivia: Even though it lasts for about five minutes on screen, the fight sequence between Rocky Balboa and Thunderlips took 10 days to film.

Trivia: Balboa and Creed keep making references to how Creed is getting up in age and how Balboa is younger and all that. In actuality, Stallone, who plays Balboa is about a year and a half older than Carl Weathers, who plays Creed.

Trivia: The theme song "Eye of the tiger" was written by Survivor specifically for the film.

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Other mistake: At the beginning of the scene when Rocky's statue is unveiled and Clubber Lang challenges Rocky to a fight, the camera zooms out of one of the drums that is being played and it is easy to spot that Mr. T's signature is scrawled right across the centre of the drum.

More mistakes in Rocky III

Apollo Creed: See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man.

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Question: Would Clubber Lang have been charged in Mickey's death since it was his shoving Mickey that caused his heart attack and eventual death?

Answer: Unlikely. Lang shoved him in the heat of the moment, and there's no indication he meant to kill or injure him.

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