It has now been over 40 years since ROCKY first hit the big screen, but its presence is still felt in today’s fast-paced pop culture world. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It also launched the career of Sylvester Stallone, who was virtually unknown before writing and starring in the movie voted by the American Film Institute as the fourth most inspirational film of all time. The whole story behind how this entire project came to fruition is really one for the books! Sylvester Stallone was filled with grit and determination and simply would not back down! He was working with a tiny budget and wasn't catching many breaks. The budgeting situation is partially the reason some last minute casting decisions had to be made. Some of the actors that the production team was initially looking at were either too expensive or they were looking for more promising gigs. But, really, can you imagine ROCKY with any substitutions? The close-to-home feel and atmosphere of the entire series is really part of the reason that these films remain so timeless. So let's look a little deeper into some of the extended cast that helped make this series what it is today...and beyond!