Tourists ran up the Rocky steps and found Sylvester Stallone at the top


Actor Sylvester Stallone, front left, with tourists Peter Rowe, right, and friends at the top of the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (AP)

A group of tourists who ran up the Rocky steps in Philadelphia got a knockout photo at the top – a selfie with Rocky himself.

Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday when they saw Sylvester Stallone.

“He said to us: ‘Man, you guys are fast. You’re making me look bad,’ ” Rowe said on Tuesday. Stallone then posed for a selfie with the trio, putting up one fist.

“Look tough, guys,” he said, according to Rowe.

Stallone made the art museum’s steps famous in his first turn as the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, who used them as part of his training regimen. Thousands of people now visit the steps each year to recreate the run and to take pictures with a Rocky statue, which originally was a prop in Rocky III.

Stallone is in Philadelphia for the filming of Creed, the latest instalment in the series. It stars Michael B Jordan, who appeared in Fruitvale Station, as the grandson of Apollo Creed – an early foe of Rocky.