Sylvester Stallone: Robert De Niro persuaded me to get back in the ring again

Jan 20, 2014 1391

In their new boxing comedy film, Grudge Match, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro portray rival pugilists who are enticed out of retirement for one last fight. But for Stallone and De Niro, the stars of Rocky and Raging Bull respectively, a misfiring comedy set in the ring risks landing a blow to the reputation of their iconic boxing cinematic triumphs.

When we meet in New York, Stallone admits that it was for this reason he originally demurred about starring in Grudge Match. "I was thinking, 'I don't know, this could be a parody'," he says.

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