T threw during filming of "Rocky III" that left Stallone writhing in pain on the canvas."There were some close calls, some nicks in this film, that I could see on playback," Stallone said.
"Your adrenaline is up, you're in front of the crowd, and you're not tuned into your own body.
"Believe me, even in 'Rocky' when Rocky lost I was satisfied.""Yeah," said De Niro.
Stallone drew on his choreography from the Rocky movies for the fight scenes, which come across realistic enough as long as you suspend disbelief for a few moments and accept the premise that two senior citizens can still fight."There are thousands and thousands of punch combinations that have been practiced in films," Stallone said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. I brought things that worked in six 'Rocky's and made them age appropriate.I knew it would have the desired results."It helped that De Niro had experience in staging fights from "Raging Bull." Thankfully, he didn't have the liver punch that Mr.Stallone and De Niro have both previously been in successful boxing films (Rocky and Raging Bull, respectively) and worked together in Cop Land. It was previously scheduled for a January 10, 2014 release, but was moved up to December 25, 2013.In their prime, Pittsburgh boxers Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy "The Kid" Mc Donnen (Robert De Niro) become rivals after two fights, one in which Kid beats Razor and one in which Razor beats Kid, the only defeats of their careers.Win, lose or draw, something had to be settled the only way boxers know how to settle things – in the ring.
They did, something that should make old geezers everywhere feel a little better about themselves."It could go three ways and I would be satisfied," Stallone said.
And then there's a postscript to the ending featuring a couple of real fighters who show some comedic chops of their own.
What is somewhat the same is De Niro and Stallone had to trade punches, something that can be a bit dicey for actor/boxers in their 30s, much less late 60s.
And, of course, there's a love interest, played by the still spectacular Kim Basinger, along with a cute 6-year-old old who steals a scene or two.
The fight promoter (Kevin Hart) steals a few of his own, too."I think this is a family movie," Stallone said.
The difference this time is "Grudge Match" is more or less a parody, played mostly for laughs.