Sylvester Stallone’s Best Friend
Sylvester Stallone and his dog, Butkus
We all know that Stallone had a tough life before his big break as an actor and scriptwriter for the movie Rocky… but when asked about his lowest point, it was when he was forced to sell his dog. With just $100 in the bank, a pregnant wife, and no job, he had no choice but to part with his best friend, Butkus. He was sold for USD50.
A few days later, after many exchanges with potential movie producers, Stallone finally accepted a deal he was happy with and was paid USD35,000 for the Rocky script. With some money at hand, he rushed to Butkus’s new owner who haggled for a new selling price of USD3000!
Some people may feel that $3,000 is not a big deal for someone like Stallone… but do realize that at that time, Stallone was a poor man, and $3,000 was a lot of money for him… however, if that was what it took… he paid up to bring his best friend home.
I was really touched after reading about Stallone and his dog… I have read so many sad news of people abandoning their dogs… and I have seen so many people forget what’s important after gaining some success. It’s nice to see how someone truly cares and treats their dogs as family, as someone who matters. I thought I’d share this heartfelt story with everyone.
An interview with Stallone by shortlist.com where he shared about the hard times before his big hit with Rocky
Is it true that, before Rocky, you were so broke that you sold your dog?
Yeah, I sold my bullmastiff Butkus to a little person. [Turns to his publicist] You can’t use the word ‘dwarf’ any more? Let’s just say a little person. I tied my dog up at the store with a sign that said a hundred bucks. I got $50 from this guy called Little Jimmy.
This is the same dog that appeared in Rocky, right?
Yeah. When I sold the Rocky script, I went to see Little Jimmy and begged for the dog back. He lined up his children [Stallone mimes crying], “Oh my kids love the dog.” I said, “You’ve only had him for a f*ckin’ week!” He wanted to fight me and he said he was gonna kill me – he was a crazy little person! I couldn’t fight him – they’d arrest me – so I offered to pay double. Anyway, $3,000 and several threats later…
What happened to Little Jimmy?
I ended up putting him in the movie. Do you remember in Rocky, when the little guy goes, “Hey, did ya win?” and I go, “What are you, deaf?” and he goes “No, I’m short.” That’s him.
Scenes of Stallone and Butkus
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Stallone’s dog, Butkus starred in his first movie, Rocky.
Sylvester Stallone and his best friend, Butkus.
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