She hasn’t seen “Rocky Balboa,” in which she appears only in two flashback scenes from earlier “Rockys,” but Talia Shire (aka “Adrian Balboa”) tells me, “Sylvester Stallone showed me the script and I liked it. He also talked to me about my ‘appearances’.”
Rocky is seen grieving at her grave site — she died of cancer five years earlier — and in other scenes he also remembers their loving life.
“Sylvester sent me the script a year ago and discussed my ‘dying.’ We are friends and he wanted my opinion. He’s a great talent—he created ‘Adrian.’ We also talked my ideas. We have great affection for each other and I’m always in his corner. I have nothing but positive feeling for him.”
Yes, she was invited to attend the premiere, but doesn’t know if she can attend on Wednesday . She was supposed to leave for India, where son Jason Schwartzman is co-starring with Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Roman Coppola in “Darjeeling Limited” for director Wes Anderson. Shire was paid (guild requirements) for her flashback appearances. She adds, “I didn’t want to pursue any negotiations for them.”
Burgess Meredith, Rocky’s trainer, is also seen in flashback in “Rocky Balboa.” Meredith died Sept. 9, 1997.