Sylvester Stallone, left, poses with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in front of the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Sylvester Stallone surprised fans on Friday when he showed up in Philadelphia at the statue of his famed character Rocky Balboa.
The actor made time to go back to his character’s old stomping grounds while in the city shooting the sequel to “Creed.”
We always enjoy welcoming Sylvester Stallone back to Philadelphia! Sly is still punching — and was very generous with his time with all the fans at the Rocky statue today! pic.twitter.com/EeahSJ1hKn— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) April 6, 2018
Stallone, 71, met with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for a dedication ceremony for a plaque that the actor said had been missing for the past 12 years.
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This is a dedication of a plaque that was made for the statue 12 years ago , but believe it or not, it had been missed placed ! Well, it was found and I want to thank the Mayor Jim Kenney and his staff , The Philadelphia Police Department, and of course the loyal fans that braved the cold. Keep punching, Philly
“This is a dedication of a plaque that was made for the statue 12 years ago , but believe it or not, it had been missed placed !” the “Rocky” star said in an Instagram video post. “Well, it was found and I want to thank the Mayor Jim Kenney and his staff , The Philadelphia Police Department, and of course the loyal fans that braved the cold. Keep punching, Philly.”
The video showed Stallone mimicking the statue’s victorious pose and onlookers could be heard chanting “Rocky! Rocky!” in the background.
Sylvester Stallone greets a crowd as he walks to the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum for a photo op with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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The plaque, adorned to the statue next to the Philadelphia Art Museum steps which Stallone famously ran up in the “Rocky” movies, dedicates the statue to Phildelphia and the “brotherhood of its people.”
This is the plaque from the dedication today!
The mayor also presented Stallone with a personalized jersey from the Super Bowl champion Eagles.
Stallone commissioned the statue for "Rocky III" in the 1980s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.