Trailer for 'Chuck' with Liev Schreiber as Boxer Who Inspired 'Rocky'

April 9, 2017
Source: YouTube

Chuck Trailer

"I toldya you know me: the 'real' Rocky." IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for an indie biopic titled Chuck, telling the story of boxer Chuck Wepner from New Jersey, who was the real life inspiration for the character of Rocky. So this is kind of like a closer-to-real-life version of Rocky, but not exactly as you will see in this trailer. Liev Schreiber stars as Chuck, who was a liquor salesman before he went on to fight Muhammad Ali for nearly 15 rounds in a match in 1975. The full cast includes Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, and Morgan Spector. It looks like the film covers Chuck's story both before but mostly after the release of Rocky, earning additional recognition as the person the character was based on. I'm interested in this, but not sure it's really going to be better than any of the Rocky movies. Check it out.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Philippe Falardeau's Chuck, direct from IFC's YouTube:

Chuck Poster

He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame -- but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Chuck is directed by Quebecois filmmaker by Philippe Falardeau, of Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie, It's Not Me I Swear!, Congorama, and My Internship in Canada previously. The screenplay is by Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl, and Michael Cristofer & Liev Schreiber. This first premiered at the Venice/Toronto Film Festivals. IFC opens Chuck in select theaters starting May 5th.

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    Looks good! Liev is a treat to watch on screen. I like how easily he melts into his characters.
  • Mark
    I went from whats this?, to HOLY CRAP I'M IN in a matter of seconds. This looks great.
  • shiboleth
    I could watch this just for seeing Naomi Watts in this crazy outfit and with red hair. Crazy, just crazy ...
    • Bo
      Not so crazy, shiboleth. I've been in love with her and her work since she knocked me for a loop in 21 Grams. A very, very talented and gifted actress also blessed with beauty and a great figure. Other than that, I thought and still think Rocky and all its many sequels to be just junk so have no interest in the guy who supposedly was the inspiration. We all knew who this Chuck Wepner guy was long before the whole Rocky trip and not sure he ever deserved a flick made about him. This one is a huge, huge pass for me. I'll miss Ms. Watts,!
      • shiboleth
        So, this is about the third post today about your love for Naomi Wats, as an actress and a person, Bo. Gotta be honest, we all do. And I think this is what I mostly wrote. But film itself, yeah, very strange shake of things, not quite interesting to me either. Cheers ...
        • Bo
          So? I dig Ms. Being a little critical here, shiboleth? Calling me on doing it 3 times...not in one day, bud...but in the last few days, yea. It seems like it bothered you, man. That's disappointing, shiboleth. Regardless...and by the way...I really love Naomi Watts's with it as I might very well express it again if she comes up on another thread. And that's that for me and you...see you in the funny papers, bud.




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