Talia Shire reveals Adrian's absence - UPI.com (2024)

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Actress Talia Shire revealed at the premiere of "Rocky Balboa" in Los Angeles why she was not in the film -- to give the Rocky character a sense of loss.

In an exclusive interview, Shire explained to "Access Hollywood" that her character, Adrian, is not in the latest Rocky film because she and Sylvester Stallone decided that it would be best if Rocky had a longing and loss as a widower.

The interview will air on Dec. 14.

"You know Sylvester and I talked about it over a year ago and I think he was correct in wanting to design Rocky as a widower so he comes back with this kind of great longing and loss," Shire told "Access Hollywood."

She added: "I think Adrian is actually a presence in so many ways she is still there. She's a part of his heart, so I'm very anxious to see it. I read it, I thought it was great, again great on the page because he is a great writer. So I'm kind of excited about seeing it. I am in his corner always."


Talia Shire reveals Adrian's absence - UPI.com (2024)


Why was Talia Shire written out of Rocky? ›

In an exclusive interview, Shire explained to "Access Hollywood" that her character, Adrian, is not in the latest Rocky film because she and Sylvester Stallone decided that it would be best if Rocky had a longing and loss as a widower.

Why didn't Adrian come back in Rocky 6? ›

Stallone had problems writing the 6th rocky movie with her in it. He felt it missed something. Killing her off helped to give Rocky a sense of desperation and widened the gap between him and his son. With Adrian, the gap would still be there but she would mediate a resolution between them.

Who was supposed to play Adrian in Rocky? ›

Originally, Stallone offered Carrie Snodgress the role of Adrian, but she turned it down due to the low salary she was offered. Susan Sarandon was considered, but she was turned down because she was deemed too pretty to play the mousy character of Adrian. Talia Shire then auditioned for the role, and was selected.

Did Talia Shire get along with Sylvester Stallone? ›

Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire share a special bond that has lasted for decades. The pair first worked together on the set of the classic boxing drama, Rocky, in which Shire played the iconic role of Adrian, Rocky Balboa's love interest.

Did Rocky love Adrian? ›

Rocky and Adrian's whirlwind romance makes sense given their circ*mstances - Rocky saw Adrian as a chance for a supportive partner and a family. Adrian went through significant character development, transforming from a timid person in Rocky's shadow to a strong-willed, resilient partner after their marriage.

Was Adrian pregnant in Rocky? ›

Rocky bought a new house and a few weeks later Rocky found out that Adrian was pregnant. Due to money issues, Adrian suggested that she should work in the pet store part time while Rocky was training in the gym.

Why was Adrian killed off in the Rocky series? ›

Adrian's death improved the original story of Rocky Balboa by providing a richer and more heart-wrenching narrative centered around grief and purpose. Adrian's absence allowed for the exploration of Rocky's relationship with his son, creating one of the best aspects of the movie and a fitting end for the character.

Why was Paulie killed off in Creed? ›

The character's fondness for alcohol, combined with his advancing age, would likely have contributed largely to his death. Paulie's death hasn't been outwardly addressed by Stallone or Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Creed, but it seems that Paulie didn't fit with the spin-off's revised tone.

Where is Rocky's son in Creed? ›

Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle: A boxing promoter who sets up the match between Adonis and Viktor. Milo Ventimiglia as Rocky Balboa Jr.: Rocky's estranged son, who moved to Vancouver in the period between Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed and is now a father himself. Ventimiglia reprises his role from the former film.

Why wasn't Sage Stallone in Rocky Balboa? ›

In 2006, he did not reprise his Rocky role in Rocky Balboa because he was working on his own film, Vic, his directorial debut.

Did Adrian have a miscarriage in Rocky 2? ›

Despite being born prematurely, the baby is healthy, but Adrian falls into a coma. Rocky blames himself for what happened and refuses to leave her bedside until she wakes up, and will not go to see his new baby until the baby can be together with his mother.

Did Rocky Balboa have a son? ›

Balboa resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and married Adriana "Adrian" Pennino in 1976. They were married for 26 years. The two have a son, Robert Balboa Jr., who unlike his father goes by Robert.

Is that Sylvester Stallone's real son in Rocky 4? ›

Sage had several movie roles as a child actor, making his screen debut as Rocky Jr. in his father's boxing sequel Rocky V. In the recent Netflix documentary Sly, director John Herzfeld explains that Stallone cast his own son in the movie to help him get started in acting.

Why didn t they want Sylvester Stallone to play Rocky? ›

They read the script and loved it, except for one thing: They didn't want to have Sylvester Stallone play the main character, Rocky. You can't blame them. Stallone was an unknown actor at the time, and other Hollywood types would be a much safer bet at the box office.

Why is Adrian so quiet in Rocky? ›

Talia Shire played Adrian with a quiet resignation in "Rocky" that really tapped into the feelings of desperation that the character had before meeting the Italian Stallion. She has accepted her fate. She's going to work in that pet store forever and take care of her abusive brother Paulie until he croaks.

Why was there no mention of Rocky in Creed 3? ›

The 76-year-old actor said in an interview that he did not participate in the filming of the movie because the story had been given a direction with which he did not agree. "That's a regretful situation because I know what it could have been," Stallone told THR about disagreeing with the new film's tone.

Why did Rocky and his son become estranged? ›

Shortly after, Paulie passes away and Rocky's relationship with his son becomes strained due to Robert distancing himself from any contact with him, leaving him alone again. A few years later, he meets Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of his old friend, Apollo Creed, who asks him to come train him.

Why is Mr T in Rocky 3? ›

T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in NBC's "America's Toughest Bouncer" competition, a segment of NBC's Games People Play. Although his role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, Mr. T was eventually cast as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist.

Why did Rocky change in Rocky 3? ›

However, Rocky regains his focus after Adrian helps him come to terms with Mickey's death. Apollo and his manager, Tony "Duke" Evers, infuse Rocky's undisciplined brawling style with more of Apollo's trademark footwork, skill and speed, rebuilding him into a more complete fighter.

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