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After several weeks of training, using whatever he can find, including meat carcasses as punching bags, Rocky accepts an offer of assistance from former boxer Mickey "Mighty Mick" Goldmill, a respected trainer and former bantamweight fighter from the 1920s, who always criticized Rocky for wasting his potential.Meanwhile, Rocky meets Adrian Pennino, a shopkeeper at the J&M Tropical Fish pet shop.After Talia Shire's ensuing audition, Chartoff and Winkler, along with Avildsen, insisted that she play the part.Boxer Joe Frazier has a cameo appearance in the film.Real-life boxer Ken Norton was initially sought for the role of Apollo Creed, but he pulled out and the role was ultimately given to Carl Weathers.Norton had had three fights with Muhammad Ali, upon whom Creed was loosely based.The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers.

However, he is informed five weeks from the fight date that his scheduled opponent is unable to compete due to an injured hand.The producers also collateralized any possible losses with their big-budget entry, New York, New York (whose eventual losses were ironically covered by Rocky Although Chartoff and Winkler were enthusiastic about the script and the idea of Stallone playing the lead character, they were hesitant about having an unknown headline the film.The producers also had trouble casting other major characters in the story, with Apollo Creed and Adrian cast unusually late by production standards (both were ultimately cast on the same day).Humiliated, Creed takes Rocky more seriously for the rest of the fight, though his ego never fully fades.The fight goes on for the full fifteen rounds, with both fighters sustaining various injuries.

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