Talia Shire Responds to Adrian's Absence in "Rocky Balboa"

by | December 28, 2006 | Comments

Like most "Rocky" fans, I found myself wondering why Talia Shire didn’t pop up in "Rocky Balboa." Did Sylvester Stallone simply want the character … gone, or was the actress simply unwilling to return for a fifth sequel? Well, USA Today has the answer.

"In the original script (for "Rocky Balboa"), she was alive," reveals Stallone, 60. "But it just didn’t have the same dramatic punch. I thought, ‘What if she’s gone?’ That would cut Rocky’s heart out and drop him down to ground zero." (From USA Today)

And then we get a few Q&A moments with Ms. Shire herself:

"I was aware of the possibility of Adrian (at one point) being in it and dying (on screen), but my being in the movie or not was not as interesting as how Sylvester was going to achieve this. Ultimately, I was wondering how in the world he was going to justify getting Rocky back into the ring."

Click here for the full interview.

  • gabe

    pity she was there since the first movie! She was missed!


    I don’t like the rocky movies without Adrian .there’s no Rocky without Adrian.

  • Jason Parvaiz

    A smart thing to have done was make her appear in rocky balboa in the beginning of the movie and have her in a hospital bed talking to rocky. She’s weak and firing of cancer and then they show her die. And show Ricky devastated and then put the words 10 years later and show rocky at his restraunt he named adriens. I should be a film writer with these genius ideas. Take notes hollywood take notes.

    • Philip wilson

      There too cheap for that

    • Margaret Tudor


  • Don

    Happy 9th birthday, to this editorial.

    • Tyrell D’Finkadink


  • Tami

    Just watched Creed…Sylvester Stallone is such a stud. He is the only original actor (out of all the Rocky movies) in Creed. Goes to show what a legend he really is.

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