Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when they saw Sylvester Stallone. “He said to us, ‘Man, you guys are fast. You’re making me look bad,’” Rowe said.
Stallone then posed for a selfie with the trio. “Look tough, guys,” he said, according to Rowe.
Stallone made the art museum’s steps famous in his first turn as fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, who used them as part of his training.
Thousands of people visit the steps each year to re-create the run and take pictures with a Rocky statue, which was originally a prop in Rocky III.
Rowe’s friends, Jacob Kerstan and Andrew Wright, were visiting him from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. Rowe had recently graduated from the university and moved to the Philadelphia area.
Stallone was in Philadelphia for the shooting of Creed, the latest instalment in the Rocky series.