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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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Chris Hansen    

Rocky Balboa is like Michael Jackson when it concerns the rest of the world. nuff said.
dollah dollah bills

this guy got backdoored though lol

1896 days ago
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Ms. Giant1    

What ever!!! I remember this guy, I think he's from the Orlando area. He was in the Olympics years ago. Go Antonio.. Central Florida still loves you no matter what... He was in Club 436 that must have been over 15yrs ago.. WOW.. Congrats on being a movie hope you get PAID

1896 days ago
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LABodyguard    

SPELL CHECK YOUR HEADLINE! It's 'VILLAIN"

1896 days ago
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Balboa6    

I can't help but laugh at those who bash the Rocky series. None of you even have a clue what they're even about. Nobody has ever been able to provide a legitimate reason for bashing them. I wish people could grasp the concept of each individual installment in the series, but I guess we're just faced with shallow, superficial morons who view Rocky as a pugilistic character and who can't see that the character transcends the dynamics of the boxing ring. He is an existentionalist operating in a world of symbolism and metaphors. Then again you people would have to have IQs exceeding that of a vegetable to get that.

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