Sylvester Stallone confirms one cult character will be ditched from 'Rocky IV' director's cut

Ben Arnold
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Sylvester Stallone punches Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the film 'Rocky IV', 1985. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone punches Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the film Rocky IV (Credit: United Artists/Getty Images)

From its extensive training montages to Actual James Brown, Rocky IV has numerous memorable moments.

But one will be notably absent from a new director's cut of probably the most 'of its time' movie in the Rocky series.

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Yesterday, Sylvester Stallone revealed on his Instagram page that in celebration of the film's 35th anniversary, he'll be reworking it.

“For the 35th anniversary Rocky 4 Is getting a new DIRECTORS cut by me. So far it looks great. Soulful... Thank you MGM For this opportunity to entertain,” he captioned.

However, it wasn't long before questions began rolling in about one scene in particular – the moment when Rocky gifts his brother-in-law Paulie Pennino a sexy robot maid called SICO.

Later in the movie, after Paulie's initial scepticism over the gift, the robot is given a seductive female voice, programmed to bring Paulie cans of beer, and call him 'the greatest'.

Asked if SICO would be making a reappearance, Stallone replied: “The robot is going to the junkyard forever. No more robot.”

“Please do not cut out the robot,” pleaded one fan, but Sly was having none of it.

(Credit: Instagram)
(Credit: Instagram)

There is some history to the appearance of the robot in the movie, however.

Created by International Robotics Inc, and originally gifted the voice of its creator, the company's CEO Robert Doornick, it was developed to help autistic children, including, at the time, Stallone's son Seargeoh.

SICO went on to gain some notoriety of its own, once appearing on stage with James Brown and also in the soap Days Of Our Lives.

The robot was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Released in 1985, Rocky IV found Stallone’s slugger avenging the death of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed at the hands of Russian boxer Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren.

It coined in over $300 million at the worldwide box office, and later spawned the Rocky spin-off movies Creed and Creed II, with Michael B. Jordan playing the son of Apollo.