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Stallone Bought Back Dog He Sold When He Was Broke For $15,000

Sylvester Stallone shared a heartfelt story about his dog Butkus on Thursday.

Stallone revealed how he was forced to sell him when he was broke only to buy him back when he hit it big with 'Rocky'.

"I absolutely love pictures like this," he said on the black-and-white photo of himself with the dog. "When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast, owned two pairs of pants that barely fit, shoes that had holes in them and dreams of being successful were as far away as the sun."

"But I had my dog, BUTKUS, my best friend, my confidant, Who always laughed at my jokes, and put up with my moods, and was the one living thing that loved me for who I was!"

In a second photo from 1971, Stallone expanded the sequence o events.

"Since we're on the subject of man's best friend this is myself and Butkus as a puppy, we were both, thin, hungry and living in a flophouse above a subway stop, I used to say this apartment had 'Hot and cold running roaches' anyway there was not much to do except spend time with each other and that's where I started to learn the craft of screenwriting."

"Since I never went out, I relied on his companionship, and actually it was his idea to write Rocky, but don't tell anyone. Years later when things got even worse I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven store, because I couldn't afford food."

"Then like A modern day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold, and I could buy and buy him back, but the new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000.

But Stallone doesn't regret it for a moment.

"He was worth every penny!," he writes.

'Rocky' went on to win three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the rest is history.



March 31, 2017 |

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