Early in Sylvester Stallone career he was so poor he sold his dog

Early in Sylvester Stallone career he was so poor he sold his dog

Early in Sylvester Stallone’s career he was so poor he sold his dog to a guy named “Little Jimmy” for $50 and later bought it back for $3000. He ended up casting Little Jimmy in his film Rocky.

 

The actor was desperate for cash in the early days of his career, so put his beloved pooch up for sale – only to reacquire the hound after selling the script to his breakthrough film Rocky just a week later.

He recalled: “I sold my bullmastiff Butkus to a little person. You can’t use the word ‘dwarf’ any more? Let’s just say a little person.

“I tied my dog up at the store with a sign that said a hundred bucks. I got $50 from this guy called Little Jimmy.

“When I sold the ‘Rocky’ script, I went to see Little Jimmy and begged for the dog back. He lined up his children, ‘Oh my kids love the dog’. I said, ‘You’ve only had him for a f***ing week.’

Early in Sylvester Stallone career he was so poor he sold his dog

“He wanted to fight me and said he was gonna kill me – he was a crazy little person. I couldn’t fight him – they’d arrest me – so I offered to pay double. Anyway, $3,000 and several threats later…”

The 66-year-old actor went on to cast Little Jimmy in Rocky.

He explained to Shortlist magazine: “I ended up putting him in the movie. Do you remember in Rocky where the little guy goes, ‘Hey, did ya win?’ and I go, ‘What are you, deaf?’ and he goes, ‘No, I’m short.’ That’s him.”