In the new documentary about the 1976 movie hit “Rocky”, Sylvester Stallone revealed that he blames this movie for losing eyebrows for the rest of his life. According to the legendary actor, he and director John Avildsen struggled to find the right look for the main character.
“Mike Westmore was the make-up artist, and he would do all these tests which were great but I wound up not having any eyebrows left for the rest of my life. One time he wanted Rocky to look very, very punchy and I thought, ‘Why don’t you glue my nose to the side of my face’, so they got this kind of colostomy bag of glue and it was so bad it looked like a cartoon; like I had run into a wall… We took things to kind of extremes”, Stallone explained in “40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic”.
The 73-year-old star also revealed that he had to fight for now-famous Rocky’s hat. “That was a real bone of contention. No one wanted me to wear the hat. They wanted me to just be bareheaded”, he recalled.
Sylvester continued: “There was a store there in Philadelphia and I bought that hat for, like, three bucks and I was like, ‘I want to wear the hat.’ The producer goes, ‘You can’t wear the hat because Gene Hackman wore one in French Connection.’ I said, ‘So that’s the end of hats? Hats are banned?’ I said it kind of topped off the character and so we had him use the hat.”