Rocky and Adrian reunite! Sylvester Stallone’s leading lady Talia Shire makes surprise appearance in new trailer for Netflix documentary Sly

Sylvester Stallone reunited with his iconic Rocky co-star Talia Shire in a dramatic new trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary, Sly, this week.

The acting icon, 76, who is best known for his role as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky and Creed film series, appeared on screen alongside Shire, 77, who played the boxer’s one true love, Adrian Balboa.

Shire was seen gushing about her longtime co-star, saying: ‘Who is this man Sylvester Stallone: artist, writer, poet, performer. How does that happen?’

Stallone burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1976, playing the eponymous Rocky Balboa, an Italian American boxer from the streets of South Philadelphia. The Rocky films would go on to gross nearly $2billion at the box office.

Shire was already a successful actress, portraying Connie Corleone in The Godfather and its sequels and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Godfather Part II in 1974.

Yo, Adrian! Sylvester Stallone reunited with his iconic Rocky co-star Talia Shire in a dramatic new trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary, Sly, this week

Iconic: Shire was seen gushing about her longtime co-star, saying: 'Who is this man Sylvester Stallone: artist, writer, poet, performer. How does that happen?'

Yo, Adrian! Sylvester Stallone reunited with his iconic Rocky co-star Talia Shire in a dramatic new trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary, Sly, this week

True love: The acting icon, 76, who is best known for his role as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky and Creed film series, appeared on screen alongside Shire, 77, who played the boxer's one true love, Adrian Balboa (pictured in 1990's Rocky V)

True love: The acting icon, 76, who is best known for his role as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky and Creed film series, appeared on screen alongside Shire, 77, who played the boxer’s one true love, Adrian Balboa (pictured in 1990’s Rocky V)


Rocky garnered nine Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Actor and Actress for Stallone and Shire – winning three, including the coveted Best Picture. Stallone wrote the screen play for Rocky.

Shire has also appeared in films including Kiss the Bride (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Homo Erectus (2007.)

The synopsis for the documentary, set to be released on November 3 reads: ‘For nearly 50 years, Sylvester Stallone has entertained millions with iconic characters and blockbuster franchises, from Rocky to Rambo to The Expendables.

‘This retrospective documentary offers an intimate look at the Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director-producer, paralleling his inspirational underdog-story with the indelible characters he has brought to life.’

In the trailer, Stallone also gets candid about filmmaking and fame, as he lets fans take a peek into how he rose to the top of Hollywood while his back was against the wall.

‘What is healthier? To live under the illusion and still have a little glimmer of hope that you could have been great or blow it and you realize you’re a failure,’ he muses at the opening of the 3-minute clip.

Sylvester reveals that he was about to throw in the towel as an actor before he began to focus on writing his own screenplays, including Rocky, which would garner him a Best Original Screenplay nomination in 1976.

Legendary: In the 1976 film, Rocky memorably screams 'Adrian!' after proving his doubters wrong in his first fight against Apollo Creed

Legendary: In the 1976 film, Rocky memorably screams ‘Adrian!’ after proving his doubters wrong in his first fight against Apollo Creed

First film: Rocky garnered nine Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Actor and Actress for Stallone and Shire - winning three, including the coveted Best Picture. Stallone wrote the screen play for Rocky

First film: Rocky garnered nine Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Actor and Actress for Stallone and Shire – winning three, including the coveted Best Picture. Stallone wrote the screen play for Rocky

Candid: In the trailer, Sylvester gets candid about filmmaking and fame, as he lets fan take a peek into how he rose to the top of Hollywood while he often had his back against the wall

Candid: In the trailer, Sylvester gets candid about filmmaking and fame, as he lets fan take a peek into how he rose to the top of Hollywood while he often had his back against the wall

Throw in the towel: Sylvester also reveals that he was about to throw in the towel as an actor before he began to focus on writing his own screenplays, including Rocky

Throw in the towel: Sylvester also reveals that he was about to throw in the towel as an actor before he began to focus on writing his own screenplays, including Rocky
‘The rejection was my encouragement at that point,’ Sly explains. ‘I knew my fate was determined on the pen’.

The iconic boxing film would also go on to take home the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Editing.

His Rocky costar Talia Shire, who played his love interest Adrian, pops up in the documentary and gushes about Sly.

‘Who is this man Sylvester Stallone: artist, writer, poet, performer,’ she poses. ‘How does that happen?’

Arnold Schwarzenegger also heaps praise on his action movie star peer, saying, ‘The genius behind that, this was not an accident’.

Quentin Tarantino is also interviewed and ponders the double-edged sword of Tinseltown when he explains, ‘When Stallone became famous, he wasn’t expecting the downside’.

The most poignant moment comes when Sly considers what he could have lost in the downside of the movie business: his family.

‘When you’re a truly absorbed filmmaker, you put things up before your family and the repercussions are quite devastating,’ he says.


Big guns: Arnold Schwarzenegger also heaps praise on his action movie star peer, saying, 'The genius behind that, this was not an accident'

Big guns: Arnold Schwarzenegger also heaps praise on his action movie star peer, saying, ‘The genius behind that, this was not an accident’

Fame's downside: Quentin Tarantino ponders the double-edged sword of Tinseltown when he explains, 'When Stallone became famous, he wasn't expecting the downside'

Fame’s downside: Quentin Tarantino ponders the double-edged sword of Tinseltown when he explains, ‘When Stallone became famous, he wasn’t expecting the downside’

Almost quit: 'The rejection was my encouragement at that point,' Sly explains. 'I knew my fate was determined on the pen'

Almost quit: ‘The rejection was my encouragement at that point,’ Sly explains. ‘I knew my fate was determined on the pen’

‘Now I realize that’s all that matters’.

Sly ends the trailer by saying, ‘I lost everything. Could I actually go back and start over again? Not without family, without the love of wife or children.’

The heartfelt admission comes after Sly and his wife Jennifer Flavin — who share daughters Sophia, 27, Sistine, 25, and Scarlet, 21,– recently came close to calling it quits after 25 years of marriage.

Big win: Sly's Rocky would also go on to take home the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Editing.

Big win: Sly’s Rocky would also go on to take home the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Editing.

First theater: Sly's brother Frank says the opening day of Rocky could have been a disaster

First theater: Sly’s brother Frank says the opening day of Rocky could have been a disaster

Family affair: The most poignant moment comes when Sly considers what he could have lost in the downside of the movie business: his family

Family affair: The most poignant moment comes when Sly considers what he could have lost in the downside of the movie business: his family

Family first: The heartfelt admission comes after Sly and his wife Jennifer Flavin -- who share daughters Sophia, 27, Sistine, 25, and Scarlet, 21,-- recently came close to calling it quits after 25 years of marriage

Family first: The heartfelt admission comes after Sly and his wife Jennifer Flavin — who share daughters Sophia, 27, Sistine, 25, and Scarlet, 21,– recently came close to calling it quits after 25 years of marriage

At the time of the couple’s reconciliation in September 2022, Sly echoed his sentiments in the documentary, telling The Sunday Times, ‘There was a reawakening of what was more valuable than anything, which is my love for my family.

‘It takes precedence over my work, and that was a hard lesson to learn.’

Sly debuts on Netflix on November 3.





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