Washington [US]Aug 1 (ANI): Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has once again slammed the producer of “Rocky” spinoff “Drago”.
The ‘Rocky’ actor shared a post on Instagram, which he captioned, “Another heartbreaker… Just found out… Once again, Irwin Winkler, this 94-year-old producer and his silly Vulture kids , Charles and David, are once again cleaning the bones of another wonderful character I have created…
“Well, I once had nothing but respect for Dolph, but he never told me what was going on behind my back with the character I made!!! Real friends are more precious than gold ,” he added in his statement.
According to Variety, Stallone made the comment earlier this month while sharing a portrait of the producer drawn against Winkler as a serpent. The actor expressed disappointment that he was allegedly denied an equity stake in the “Rocky” franchise.
The actor has begun to express his frustration in recent years about the lack of ownership over popular film franchises, such as “Rocky,” that he helped originate.
The outlet reported in 2019 that Winkler was surprised to learn that Stallone was dissatisfied with his stake in the franchise, pointing to tens of millions of dollars received in profit sharing and upfront fees.
The original 1976 “Rocky” was conceived and written by Stallone, who received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. “Rocky” took home the nominations for Best Picture, Director and Film Editing at the 49th Academy Awards. “Rocky IV,” which originated from Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, was written and directed by Stallone, Variety reported. (ANI)
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