Sylvester Stallone Had An Absolutely Ridiculous Diet While Filming ‘Rocky III’
It’s no secret that certain actors will go an extra mile or two when it comes to preparing for a role. Christian Bale relied on a diet of apples and cigarettes while dropping 60 pounds for The Machinist. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Rob McElhenney relied on a strict regimen of donuts and protein shakes to get “into shape” as Fat Mac for a season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Some people will really do anything for their craft.
One of those people is Sylvester Stallone, an actor best known for the Rocky movies and for his uncanny ability to deliver lines in a way that make him sound like a man who’s been hit in the head a few too many times— even when the movie has nothing to do with boxing.
You might not think of Stallone as a serious actor, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take his roles seriously. He recently shared a picture of himself on the set of Rocky III along with a lengthy explanation of the story behind it that will make you appreciate just how much work he put into making the movie.
Just for fun… A flashback from Rocky three. Between rounds I would get lightheaded and quite exhausted. I was on a very high protein diet which did not provide Much physical or mental energy. During the period I only ate very small portions of oatmeal cookies made with brown rice and up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish. Sounds incredible right? At the time my body fat got down to 2.9 which is a really dangerous level. I may have looked pretty good on the outside but inside it was very dangerous thing to do. But I wanted the movie to be about change. How people have to adapt to different challenges because if they don't they will be conquered. I will always believe the adaptation is the key to survival and that's what this story was all about … and while, getting smashed by Superstrong,CLUBBER LANG continuously four months of rehearsal plus the fight, tended to wear a person out so I would literally go to the corner between rounds, when I wasn't directing and try to get some blood back into my head so I could carry-on with the complicated fight choreography … It's funny, I never knew this picture existed!
There’s a lot to digest here. There’s Stallone’sincredibly impressive humblebrag about his body fat. There’s the depressingly disgusting diet of tuna and brown rice cookies that no one deserves to experience. There’s the 25 cups of coffee a day, which is about six times the recommended maximum amount of caffeine of person should consume in that amount of time.
But my favorite part has to be doing a headstand to get the blood back to his brain. To paraphrase the aforementioned Mac, that doesn’t sound right, but I don’t know enough about headstands to dispute it.
There’s no way I can come up with a better ending to this post than coming full circle like that, so I’m just going to call it quits.