Lancaster resident Peter Rowe and his friends got a big surprise when they decided to race up the famous “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday: Sylvester Stallone was standing at the top.
“Man, you guys are fast,” Stallone told Rowe, 22, and his friends. “You make me look bad.”
Rowe (far right in the above photo) graduated from Azusa Pacific University in December with a degree in international business management and a minor in Christian ministry, and the two other guys in the photo were college friends paying him a visit.
Rowe decided to show them the sights in Philadelphia, including the Art Museum. Well, make that the Art Museum steps, which Stallone famously ran up as Rocky. Rowe admits the trio didn’t actually make it inside the world class museum.
He says that soon after their chance encounter with the star, who is in town shooting Creed, the next film in the Rocky franchise, Stallone started walking back to his car. Seeing their chance, they asked if he would pose for a selfie with them.
“He told us, ‘OK guys… look tough!'” says Rowe.
We asked Rowe if he would send us the photo. Alas, he says he sold the rights to the Associated Press (where we wound up obtaining the photo, legally) for $100.
“But now I think I didn’t get enough, based on the way people were reacting,” he says.
(AP Photo/Peter Rowe)