A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner.
The Untold Story of the Inspiration for Rocky Balboa
August 30 2017
He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. Its the beginning of a wild through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden famebut what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption.
For every Bad Boys role, Smith counters them with heavy duty, though-provoking drama. He can be introspective, vulnerable, broken, resilient, wounded, defiant all within a flash of those expressive eyes that are guaranteed to move you and leave you in tears.