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'Rocky' Villian -- You Better Knock Out a Paycheck

4/30/2009 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The last guy to beat up Rocky Balboa claims he got screwed out of some serious prize money -- and now Antonio Tarver is suing the people behind the flick for allegedly treating him like a bum!

Tarver, who played prize fighter Mason "The Line" Dixon in the film, claims he was supposed to get significant bonuses based on how much money the film made. And according to the suit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Tarver says the "Rocky" people owe him at least $1.5 million.

Now, Tarver wants his cash -- plus interest. But the real question -- how the hell did that movie turn a profit?!

UPDATE -- Marty Singer, a lawyer for Sly Stallone, tells TMZ, "On the first day of principal photography of Rocky Balboa, Antonio Tarver, who had already reached an agreement for his appearance in the movie, refused to appear unless he received a back-end deal. He knew that if the production company did not cave in to his demands and give him a back-end deal, the motion picture would have to be shut down. As such, Mr. Tarver received notice a few weeks ago that he had engaged in duress, among other claims, and that he had no right to receive any back-end on the motion picture due to his alleged duress."

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Foot Fetish    

First!!!! : D

1979 days ago
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boogie    

1979 days ago
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Ralph    

Worldwide:$155,721,132 on a 24 mill budget good reviews good word of mouth that's how it turned a profit .You douches used to at least attempt to be clever

1979 days ago
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Carl    

It made a profit because it was actually pretty good. Don't forget the first Rocky won the oscar for best picture. Rocky Balboa was much closer in quality to that movie than it was the 80s sequels.

1979 days ago
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sayanything    

It made twice what Julia Roberts latest bomb made. It was a critical and commercial success. Long live the underdog! Do your research, TMZ.

1979 days ago
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mike    

The movie was awesome and anyone that says it sucks is an idiot! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!

1979 days ago
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t    

What's a VILLIAN? Do you mean a villain? Idiots.

1979 days ago
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Sono    

LOL, did this film really make 155 million? Not only are the fight scenes laughable both in look and in terms of feasibility, but the rest of the movie is a joke as well if you're looking for any kind of story, plot or acting.

God awful movie, he deserves a few million just for agreeing to be in it in the first place.

1979 days ago
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TC Spriggs    

The real question is...do you watch the movies? In a much over done series of films, "Rocky Balboa" was one of the best.... dopes

1979 days ago
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Kid Charisma    

I wish they cast Chuck Liddel in this movie. He could have stopped over to Rocky's restaurant after the fight and scarfed down a couple platters of food.

1979 days ago
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Jordan    

oh goodness this is so boring i couldn't even get throug this crap...this gets one big WHO CARES

1979 days ago
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MichelleObama    

Yeah, let's make fun of a multi-million dollar movie franchise, but whoops, our dumb @ss is going to misspell a word in the title of the story. You absolute fools.

1979 days ago
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snickers    

TMZ is punch-drunk on this story's title...

1979 days ago
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radzix1986    

I like that you often have some fresh news, but to ask such a question is compromising for you. I'm not going to escape to name calling, although I am sensitive to critisizing the franchise (yes I am, I'm a fan, what can I do). Nonetheless it is funny to read such a BS every once in a while, too bad people are not so quick to bash Bobby De Niro when the guy does a crap from time to time. I rest my case...

1979 days ago
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Mikeock    

Wasn't Villian Vance on I Love Lucy? Sure - she played Ethle.

Retards.

1979 days ago
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