Tom Hanks and Rocky Story
A great quote from TOM HANKS and the ROCKY story. It is always easy to give up but the discipline as an artist is to stubbornly believe in yourself and remind yourself WHY you do what you love to do. DON"T let anyone tell you no!"My TV show had been cancelled; nothing else had gone anywhere; some alliances I had made petered out and nothing came of them and I was looking at a long, long year ahead of me in which there was no work on the horizon, the phone wasn't ringing. I had two kids, one of them a brand-new baby, and I didn't know if I would be able to keep my house." - TOM HANKS
He knew his whole life that he wanted to be in the movie business. He wanted to inspire people. What a lot of people don't know about Sylvester Stallone is that when he was born, they had to pull him out with forceps, which is why he speaks the way he speaks.
When he went out for auditions everyone told him he was stupid looking and there is no place in movies for someone like him. He was given no after no after no and got rejection after rejection. He was so broke that he had to sell his dog for $25 to help pay for his bills. He was so motivated to make it that he saw the story he wanted to tell and then wrote it. He wrote straight for 20 hours until the story of "ROCKY" was born.He then tried to sell it sell it and they offered him $125, 000 for the script but they did not want to him to star in his movie. Just imagine being broke and getting $125,000 bucks, it would be hard to say no as a starving actor. They told him they wanted Ryan O'neal for the role. Hilarious! He told them no, it's my movie and I want to star in it. They later came back and offered him $250,00 but they still did not want him to star in his own movie. They finally gave him $35,000 and points to the movie for what they thought it would make in the box office.Rocky made over $200 million dollars that year. Believe!