Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 21, 2015
You can almost hear the theme music motivating you in the background…
A few tourists were in Philadelphia this weekend, and naturally, running up the steps of the Philly Art Museum was too tempting to pass up.
While the city may be known for historical sights like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, or for cuisine such as the Philly cheesesteak, it is also the home of the iconic film legend Rocky Balboa, who Sylvester Stallone portrayed in the Rocky franchise.
The first film launched Stallone to fame, and he went on to write, direct, and star in the resulting 5 sequels between 1979 and 2006.
The most iconic scene from the series has to be when Rocky is training by running around the streets of Philadelphia, ultimately making it to the top of the 72 steps of the Art Museum where he triumphantly throws his fists in the air. This moment is repeated daily by tourists visiting the city, and there is even a bronze statue of the fictional boxer located at the bottom of the eponymous “Rocky Steps.”
The tourists, Californian college friends of PA native Pete Rowe, ran to the top of the steps when a voice behind them apparently said, “You guys got up here pretty fast. You’re making me look bad.”
Lo and behold, it was the Italian Stallion himself. Stallone was kind enough to take a selfie with the boys, seen above.
This once-in-a-lifetime star sighting is all the more reason to hang out at all your favorite iconic movie scene spots!
It ain’t about how hard ya hit… it’s about how many seflies you take!