1975, Stallone saw the Muhammad Ali – Chuck Wepner fight also known as the “Bayonne Bleeder”. That match was like a flash of divine inspiration when for a brief moment Wepner knocked Ali to the canvas. That night Stallone went home, and after three days he had written the rough script for Rocky. Now he had to sell the idea to a producer which lead to nearly 1500 rejections.

Stallone said in a video he did for the film school archive, ” I was on casting call and I was not right for the part but on the way out I told them I do some writing and I have a story about boxing. They said ‘Let’s take a look at it’ but if I hadn’t turned around at the door my whole like would have changed.”

Never give up on your quest!