Sylvester Stallone, in France to promote his sixth and latest Rocky movie, said it was his toughest act yet as the underdog boxer — and hopefully his last.
Stallone sheds a tear in Rocky Balboa, which he wrote and directed starring himself as a retired prizefighter and grieving widower who returns to the ring one last time.
"It was much more emotional than the five preceding Rocky films," he told a news conference. "It was physically hard. I wanted this film to maybe be the last ever."
The first movie about the underdog boxer was released 31 years ago to a chorus of critical acclaim, and 60-year-old Stallone, who created the character, said he felt terribly sad to have finished shooting what he believed would be the last of the series.
The 1976 Rocky won three Oscars for best picture, best director and best film editing, catapulting Stallone to fame after he had struggled as an actor and screenwriter.
Asked whether he took a big risk reprising the boxer, Stallone said: "I knew I was going to be laughed at and looked at like the biggest fool in the world, but I really wanted to do it.
"My wife cried, she didn't want me to do it, but I had to do it."
Rocky Balboa opened on Jan. 12 in Taiwan and took in NT$1,848,032 on its first weekend. (afp)
1. shed v.i. /v.t.
流下 (liu2 xia4) ，脫落 (tuo1 luo4)
例: Oak trees shed their leaves in fall.
2. preceding adj.
先前的 (xian1 qian2 de5)
例: The tribes met in peace after the turbulance of the preceeding years.
3. critical acclaim n. phr.
好評 (hao3 ping2)
例: The new show was met with critical acclaim.
4. catapult v.i. /v.t.
突然成名 (tu2 ran2 cheng2 ming2)，拋出 (pao chu1)
例: The force of the crash catapulted him through the windscreen.
SAY WHAT? 說說看
Underdog comes from the 19th century, and is a reference to the then-popular sport of dog fighting. The winning dog would be on top, or the top dog, and the loser under him, or the underdog. A 19th century song by David Barker captures the modern sentiment toward the underdog. "Know that the world,/ that the great big world/Will never a moment stop/To see which dog may be in the fault,/But will shout for the dog on top./For me, I shall never pause to ask/Which dog may be in the right,/For my heart will beat, while it beats at all,/For the underdog in the fight."
「underdog」一詞起源於十九世紀，與當時相當受歡迎的鬥犬賽有關。勝犬可以居高位，稱為「the top dog」，敗犬則位置矮一截，稱為「underdog」。十九世紀大衛．巴爾克譜寫的歌曲捕捉了現代關於underdog的感傷︰「明瞭世局?世界廣漠?永不停歇?看何犬將敗?對勝犬叫囂?至於我，永不停歇一問?何犬將贏?我心跳，心驚膽跳?因為敗犬搏鬥」。
OUT LOUD 對話練習
Jake: Amy, do you want to go watch Rocky Balboa movie this weekend?
Amy: Not really, I hate all that coming up from the streets stuff.
Jake: Get with it Amy! That was the first movie in '76! The story's moved on a bit since then!
Amy: Still, I'd rather not. How about we catch Miss Potter instead?
Jake: No way! Maybe your sister can go with you, I'll ask your brother to come to Rocky!
coming up from the streets 街頭出身
If someone or something is coming up from the streets, it is coming from relatively poor circumstances into more finacially stable ones. The expression is also used to refer to urban culture making its way into into mainstream conciousness, like slang and new styles of music.
假如某人或某事「comes up from the streets」，意指從窮困出身轉成經濟穩定。這種表達法也可以用來指都會文化轉變成主流意識，就像俚語和新音樂型態。