Are You For or Against Stallone Cutting the 'Rocky IV' Robot?

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Rocky IV is one of the most emotional of the series... and also the weirdest. But should that weirdness be nixed from the upcoming director's cut?

The deeper we dove into the Rocky universe, the weirder the movies got. Just look at Rocky IV. The first film in the franchise was about getting your shot, Rocky II was about being a winner, Rocky III was about staying on top...and finally, Rocky IV was supposed to be about handling loss. 

But even though we all remember the Ivan Drago portions and the training montage, there are some weird tonal inconsistencies that Sylvester Stallone wants to address in his upcoming director's cut, which is set to be released in celebration of the film's 35th anniversary.

He took to Twitter to let people know he was going to improve the movie. 

Stallone also put the story on Instagram, where some users are worried that a new cut means the removal of the robot from the movie. When confronted with this, Stallone said he intends to fully cut Paulie’s robot from the movie, responding to questions with stuff like “the robot is going to the junkyard forever, no more robot."

“Don’t cut the robot,” wrote one Instagram user. To which Stallone replied: “I don’t like the robot anymore.”

This is all funny, but why are we cutting this robot anyway? 

Well, aside from being so out of the tone of the movie, it moves the Rocky franchise into something kind of goofy. How can you take Drago seriously if you have to wonder about the kind of universe this story takes place in? 

I mean, Paulie is probably having sex with this robot...and do we have similar robots fighting in the military? Are sentient robots just a thing rich people have? 

I usually think the director's cuts are tricky, there are amazing ones, like Kingdom of Heaven, but you can also go overboard and have too many cuts of the film, like in Blade Runner. Really everyone should study the way Ridley Scott does it, because he makes both sides of the argument. 

In my heart of hearts, I like the idea of editing this movie in a way to make it feel like it belongs with the others and in a way that exploits the emotion without cheap laughs. But I also don't want Paulie to be lonely for the rest of his life. The guy really loved that robot. 

Are you for or against the removal of the robot from Rocky IV

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For it. Originally it was supposed to be a monkey that Rocky gives Paulie. Stallone, since he was friends with Michael Jackson, used Jackson's monkey for it. But even with Jackson on set the monkey started throwing shit in the mansion and being scary to the actors. Burt Young was terrified of him after a bit of shooting. So Stallone rewrote the section to include a robot. I talked to the guy who built the robot. They had a short time to do it in and the reshoots were scheduled for the end of the shoot. He confirmed Jackson's monkey was unruly and terrorizing the actors and also throwing shit all over the mansion they were shooting in.

August 31, 2020 at 2:40PM, Edited August 31, 2:40PM

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Another form of Cancel Culture! Hollywood bowing to the new norm. Disgusting! Will not be buying. Sylvester made his millions in Hollywood. What does this accomplish? Make him look good. We see through this. So people... keep on listening to people who do not have any clue. Keep worshipping them. My suggestion is that you keep the old version and do not watch or buy the new version. I'll keep my 80's the way they actually happened.

September 1, 2020 at 8:37AM

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The robot should stay, but they should overdub it with BMO dialogue from Adventure Time.

September 1, 2020 at 9:35AM

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Bryan Howell
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I'm excited for more content in the Director's Cut since this is my favourite Rocky, but I was saddened to hear that he's cutting the robot. I always thought it was an amusing sign of 80s excess and a symbol of where Rocky was in his life (he's so successful he can afford a robot that doesn't really exist).

Sure it's a bit goofy, but it's also endearing. And it's not like the robot is there throughout the whole movie. From what I remember it was mostly there at the beginning (and maybe in the background in the shot where Rocky's son is celebrating after he wins at the end). At least we'll always be able to go back and watch the original version.

September 2, 2020 at 2:40PM, Edited September 2, 2:40PM

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Pyronaut
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Definitely for it, the 80's excess for a series that started out quite gritty was just bizarre really I personally prefer V to IV.

Actually screw it. Do a directors cut of the whole lot it would be interesting to see a director/actor go back over six films that are his biggest achievement with the added benefit of 40yrs experience.

September 3, 2020 at 3:52AM

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