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Stallone filming Rocky comeback
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Stallone filmed ahead of a boxing match in Las Vegas
Sylvester Stallone has begun filming the sixth Rocky movie - 15 years after he last played the hero boxer.

The actor filmed scenes in Las Vegas ahead of the real bout between Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins.

Rocky VI will show the boxer as an ageing, has-been in Philadelphia who once again comes out of retirement.

Producers have held an open casting call in Philadelphia for locals to audition for a part when filming transfers to the city next year.

Hundreds queued to audition, many of them fans of the movie series.

Stallone is expected to have the final say on many of the extras who will be joining the cast.

'Real people'

"They want the character and personality of Philadelphia," said casting director Diane Heery.

"We're looking for the face to the story of Philadelphia. We're looking for real people."

Stallone, 59, created the Rocky genre, writing and starring in the first movie in 1976 and receiving two Oscar nominations.

The last film in 1990 saw Rocky in retirement training a new protege but dealing with bankruptcy.

Stallone said he wanted the new movie "to capture the essence of the first couple of films".

As well as reprising his Rocky role, Stallone is also planning to resurrect Vietnam veteran John Rambo, last seen in Rambo III in 1988.

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