Instead of an ice rink, Rocky and Adrian’s first date was originally set in a restaurant. Avildsen told Stallone to rewrite it so the characters would be moving around. Stallone revised it as an ice-skating scene that was supposed to include hundreds of extras. However, the budget didn’t allow for extras, ice skates, or stunt people. (Also, Stallone doesn’t ice skate.) “I don’t know why I wrote it,” he says in the commentary. The scene was salvaged when Avildsen suggested Rocky and Adrian take to the ice alone, and that Rocky jog along while she skated.   FACTS-skating