Sylvester Stallone is loved by fans for being a top-notch action star, but his start was anything but easy. While trying to land roles in the 1970s, he was actually homeless for a time. With just $100 to his name, Sylvester wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Rocky (1976) in three days and was eventually offered $350,000 for it. He refused, saying he'd only do it if he could play the title role. He agreed to a deal where he was paid only $35,000 for the role and was required to wave his writing fee. Risky move, but it clearly paid off.