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."