“We realize it never goes away. Life is always going to be a battle. You expect it to get easy as you get older, and It doesn’t. [And so the movie is about] how does he cope, how has he tried to put together new friends? He’s starting out without his wife. He’s full of grief. But [what he goes through and comes to] is like a rebirth. Certainly not the way he was in Rocky but an older, wiser guy.” — Sylvester Stallone talking to AP sports writer Dan Gelston about Rocky Balboa (MGM, 12.2).