Sylvester Stallone delighted Rocky fans with a special treat on his Instagram page.
The 72-year-old actor showed fans his reunion with his co-stars from the iconic 1976 boxing movie, Cuff and Link, who are turtles that shared a scene with Stallone.
The hard-shelled duo made a cameo in Stallone’s 2018 Creed II. They are still thriving at 44.
The proud movie dad posted a photo on Instagram.
“In CREED 2 with my original buddies from the first Rocky … CUFF and LINK, now about 44 years old!”
Fans will remember seeing Cuff and Link’s debut on the screen when Rocky Balboa introduced them to his girlfriend, Adrian Pennino (Talia Shire) as:
“the exotic animals I was telling you about. These are my friends, Cuff and Link.”
Rocky had forgotten that he had bought them from her at J&M Tropical Fish pet store where she worked part-time.
Here’s a refresher.
People was happy to report that Cuff and Link are “still alive and living a life of relative peace and splendor.”
It looks it too. The turtles haven’t aged a bit!
Fans got a kick out of the reptilian reunion and praised the actor for no other reason than the fact that he is just an awesome dude.
Stallone—an animal lover, not a fighter—also had a bull mastiff named Butkus, with whom he also shared screentime in Rocky and Rocky II in 1976.
Before Rocky, Stallone had to sell the pup for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven at the time because he “couldn’t afford food.”
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1971… Since we're on the subject of " man's best friend" this is myself and Butkus as a puppy , we were both , thin , hungry and living in a flophouse above a subway stop, I used to say this apartment had " … Hot and cold running roaches" anyway there was not much to do except spend time with each other and that's where I started to learn the craft of screenwriting. Since I never went out, I relied on his companionship , And actually it was his idea to write Rocky, but don't tell anyone…. Years later when things got even worse I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven store,because I couldn't afford food, then like A modern day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold, and I could buy and buy him back, but the new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000 … He was worth every penny! #New York City #HellsKitchen #BullMastiff #It'sADogsWorld. #MoreToCome#inspiration #ThunderingYourHeart #GoingThedistance
Stallone shifted his focus to writing and completed the screenplay for Rocky in three and a half days. The story was inspired by a championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner in Ohio on March 24, 1975.
Fortunately, the screenplay proved to be a knock-out and purchased by United Artists, allowing Stallone to buy Butkus back. However, the dog’s value had skyrocketed.
“The new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000 … He was worth every penny!“
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I absolutely love pictures like this. When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast, owned two pair of pants that barely fit, shoes that had holes in them and dreams of being successful were as far away as the sun… But I had my dog, BUTKUS, my best friend, my confidant, Who always laughed at my jokes, and put up with my moods, and was the one living thing that loved me for who I was! #man's best friend#BullMastiff #Loyalty #NewYorkCity#AmericanDreams
Stallone proves to be the kind of champ you want in your corner.