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Sly Stallone Drank 25 Cups of Coffee a Day Filming 'Rocky III'

Published On 03/13/2017 Published On 03/13/2017
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Rocky III, a good-but-definitely-not-the-best entry in the Rocky boxing canon, will be remembered for many things: Mr. T's Clubber Lang villain, the batshit-insane Hulk Hogan match/brawl, and of course "Eye of the Tiger" -- the uncontested best Rocky song. Now it will be remembered for another detail: the fact that Sylvester Stallone practically tried to kill himself with the amount of caffeine he consumed on set, or so he claimed in a recent Instagram post looking back on that part of his life (emphasis added): 

Between rounds I would get lightheaded and quite exhausted. I was on a very high protein diet which did not provide Much physical or mental energy. During the period I only ate very small portions of oatmeal cookies made with brown rice and up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish. Sounds incredible right? At the time my body fat got down to 2.9 which is a really dangerous level. I may have looked pretty good on the outside but inside it was very dangerous thing to do. But I wanted the movie to be about change. How people have to adapt to different challenges because if they don't they will be conquered.

Of course, 25 cups of coffee in a day isn't enough to kill you. (That number is closer to 70 cups a day.) But it's nonetheless a totally bananas thing to do to your body, even if your name is Sly Stallone. For good measure, let's revisit the dust-up between Rocky and Thunderclips, aka the most refined moment of Hulk Hogan's ignominious career.

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Just for fun… A flashback from Rocky three. Between rounds I would get lightheaded and quite exhausted. I was on a very high protein diet which did not provide Much physical or mental energy. During the period I only ate very small portions of oatmeal cookies made with brown rice and up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish. Sounds incredible right? At the time my body fat got down to 2.9 which is a really dangerous level. I may have looked pretty good on the outside but inside it was very dangerous thing to do. But I wanted the movie to be about change. How people have to adapt to different challenges because if they don't they will be conquered. I will always believe the adaptation is the key to survival and that's what this story was all about ... and while, getting smashed by Superstrong,CLUBBER LANG continuously four months of rehearsal plus the fight, tended to wear a person out so I would literally go to the corner between rounds, when I wasn't directing and try to get some blood back into my head so I could carry-on with the complicated fight choreography … It's funny, I never knew this picture existed!

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Eric Vilas-Boas is a writer and editor at Thrillist. Follow him @e_vb_.

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