Sylvester Stallone's Dog Butkus Was The Main Inspiration For Rocky

Quite literally man's best friend

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We all have a Bull Mastiff by the name of Butkus to thank for Sylvester Stallone's rise to stardom.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Stallone took to Instagram to gush about the "modern day miracle" that is Butkus.

In his twenties, Stallone invested in a small pup, and since he was flat broke they ended up spending a whole lot of time together and that's when he learnt the craft of screenwriting.

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And since Stallone never went out, he began to rely on Butkus for companionship. The actor even joked how it was in fact Butkus' idea to write Rocky.

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Their relationship took a rocky turn when Stallone had to sell him for $40 because he had gotten to the stage where he couldn't even afford dog food.

However, the story has a happy, yet somewhat grippingly expensive end, as he managed to buy Butkus back for $15,000 when the screenplay for Rocky sold.