Sylvester Stallone is one of the most iconic action stars in the history of Hollywood. From Rocky to The Expendables and Rambo to Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot!, Sly found his niche at an early age and kept it going through the ages. But how did he get his big break? It all started with a dog named Butkus.
In the 1970s, Sylvester Stallone moved from New York to Los Angeles in order to try and make it big. He also spent a small fortune to bring his canine companion with him.
Butkus was his name. He was a Bullmastiff, a dog known for being quite large. What better way to make it big time than to bring a loyal companion to encourage you and keep you from giving up?
Sly ended up like many other aspiring stars, an incredible talent on the brink of starvation. Sly promised Butkus they would live like kings if he ever made it big and he would only ride in first class.
Stallone was also shopping a script called Rocky. Without any takers, he could no longer give Butkus the life he deserved. He sold the pup to a family for $40.
After intense negotiations with a movie studio, Stallone sold the script to Rocky with the stipulation the aspiring actor would direct and star in the film.
Sly even made a deal with Butkus' new family to play a co-starring role in the legendary coming of age film. The canine is even credited as Butkus Stallone.
There's even a rumor he paid the family $15,000 after Rocky smashed the box office, but there's no concrete proof. Even if the rumor isn't true, Sly credits his success to the dog that believed in him when no one else would.