Sico, the intelligent robot that appear in Rocky IV, will be axed completely from the upcoming hotly anticipated director’s cut of the movie. This appears to be a (mildly) controversial issue. And the unit’s creator has spoken to Empire Magazine about the issue.
Speaking to Empire in the November issue, on sale Thursday 1 October, the creator (and voice) of Paulie’s robot offered his thoughts on the android-free cut. “I was in my office when I found out,” says Robert Doornick, founder of International Robotics. “I was deluged with messages: ‘How can Stallone do that?’ But I know why he’s doing it, because I know he loves the robot. By causing turmoil among the fans of Sico, it generates more publicity. And by removing the robot from the movie, it saves money in royalty fees, because he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Sico receives cheques all the time – and of course he sends them over to me.”
Stallone does not seem to like the robot, commenting during the summer on social media: ‘The robot is going to the junkyard forever. No more robot.’ Joking aside, it appears that Stallone is going for a more mature theme for this version of Rocky IV. Which should be interesting.