There are no "Rocky" movies without Sylvester Stallone
. It seems almost stupid to say, since he's the star of the films. He is Rocky. But Stallone also wrote the films himself, creating everything that made the movie great, and he hustled throughout Hollywood trying to get his script made in the way he wanted. Stallone's talent and sheer willpower helped the franchise come into being, so one can understand if he's very emotionally attached to his films.
You might assume that, if Stallone has been so directly involved in the whole process of making the "Rocky
" films, from inception to filming, he would see a large percentage of the money made from the movies. That, unfortunately for the actor, is apparently not the case.
According to a recent piece by Variety, Stallone was paid about 75,000 for the initial script for "Rocky
," and would go on to make 2.5 million total after the film's release.