Sylvester Stallone speaks about 'devastating' death of his son Sage at just 36 ... trends now
Sage, who tragically died at 36 of coronary artery disease in July of 2012, played the role of Rocky Balboa's son Robert in the 1990 motion picture Rocky V.
In the storyline of the sequel, Sage's character Robert felt neglected as his father focused his efforts on mentoring young boxer Tommy Gunn, played by the late Tommy Morrison.
In the streaming documentary, the 77-year-old actor makes a number of personal revelations, saying said that 'unfortunately,' aspects of the Rocky V plot were harvested from the real-life relationship between the pair.
Stallone, who penned the script on the film, which also starred Talia Shire and the late Burt Young, said that he would be inspired in his writing to put his characters into places he had aspired to be.
Details: Sylvester Stallone, 77, spoke about his relationship with his late son Sage in his new Netflix documentary Sly
In the storyline of the sequel, Sage's character Robert felt neglected as his father focused his efforts on mentoring a young boxer Tommy Gunn, played by the late Tommy Morrison
'I try to take something that actually is what I wish I had done in real life, but I wasn't able to do that in reality,' the three-time Academy Award nominee said. 'And so quite often I would do it theatrically, magically ... a lot of that is true.'
At the time of the film's release in November of 1990, Stallone was coming off a scorching run in his career with a decade of hits including multiple films in the Rocky and Rambo franchises.
'Unfortunately, you put things before your family,' he said in the doc. 'And the repercussions are quite radical and devastating.'
Speaking with People in 1996, Sage acknowledged the art imitating life aspect portrayed in Rocky V, citing a scene in the movie in which he fought with his father.
'When I was screaming, "You never spent time with me! You never spent time with my mother," that was true,' he said. 'I was looking into my father's face and really saying that.'
Sage said that 'after the film, everything changed' with him and his father for the better.
'I got a lot of things out,' he said. 'We broke into tears a few times. We'd do anything for each