Sylvester Stallone was totally broke when he was writing Rocky at 26 years old. All he had at the time was his dog Butkus and he recently typed up a beautiful tribute to Butkus that will melt your heart.
When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast… I had my dog, Butkus, my best friend. Who always laughed at my jokes, and put up with my moods, and… loved me for who I was. We were both, thin, hungry, and living in a flophouse above a subway stop. When things got even worse I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven store, because I couldn’t afford food. Then like a modern day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold, and I could buy him back. But the new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000, He was worth every penny!