Football

Everton fans set for rocky role

BIG SCREEN APPEAL: Sylvester Stallone (above) appearing on the giant screen at Goodison Park to announce the filming for his movie but it could not lift the Toffees (in blue) to get a win against West Brom. PHOTO: REUTERS

Evergreen Sylvester Stallone has banked on Everton fans to provide him with a knockout scene for his latest film.

The Hollywood star delivered a TV message on the big screens at Goodison Park during the half-time interval of yesterday morning's (Singapore time) goalless draw with West Brom, stirring up the crowd before filming took place for his latest outing in the famous Rocky boxing franchise.

The 68-year-old was filming crowd scenes for spin-off picture "Creed" in which he trains the grandson of Apollo Creed - the fighter with whom the Philadelphia brawler clashed in the first two Rocky films.

Stallone, wearing a Toffees shirt, introduced the film and asked the crowd to go wild - they might have needed some encouragement having seen their team miss a penalty in the last minute of the first half.

In the movie, Rocky's pupil - Adonis Creed - will fight against Pretty Boy Porter, who is played by actual British boxer Tony Bellew. That is where Everton fans came into the equation.

Bellew, a lifelong Everton fan, used his connections with the club to book Stallone a slot on the big screens.

This was not the first time Stallone had made an "appearance" at Goodison Park. The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for the first Rocky film, paid a visit to the stadium eight years ago to watch the team face Reading and was presented to the supporters before kick-off while wearing a Toffees scarf.

Although he has been eligible for a bus pass for three years, Stallone has shown no sign that he wants to quit Hollywood any time soon.

The American is also set to return in a fifth outing as Rambo.

- PA Sport.