Hollywood filmmaker Sylvester Stallone created the character of boxer ROCKY BALBOA to reflect Jesus Christ.
Stallone was an unknown actor when he wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie Rocky.
And he has now revealed the reasoning behind the film's opening shot of a painting of Jesus Christ looking down at Rocky fighting in a gym.
The 60-year-old says, "It's like he was being chosen.
"If you look to God, you can overcome your past."