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Crowds welcome latest Rocky film
Sylvester Stallone
Stallone said making the film was "very emotional"
Chanting crowds turned out in force to welcome Sylvester Stallone to the UK premiere of his movie Rocky Balboa.

Hundreds of fans called out the character's name as the 60-year-old actor arrived at the West End screening to the film's theme music.

Stallone had been mocked for reviving the 30-year-old boxing franchise and said it was "probably" the last part.

He thanked fans for turning up, adding: "What is really shocking is that they are so young."

The film features the aging ex-champion lured out of retirement when a TV sports show says the young Rocky would have beaten the current champion Mason Dixon.

Stallone put in months of training for the role - racking up a catalogue of injuries including a damaged neck and broken foot.

Other famous faces at the premiere included Olympic boxing star Amir Khan, actress Jennifer Ellison, comic Frank Skinner and TV presenter Lisa Snowden.

The original Rocky film, written by Stallone, was made in 1976 and won best picture and best director Oscars the following year and earned Stallone a best actor nomination.

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