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Sylvester Stallone discusses Creed; calls Rocky the one thing he did right

10.30.2015

Sylvester Stallone is now the same age as Burgess Meredith was in the first ROCKY film, and the actor finds it very fitting that the character of Rocky Balboa has now come full circle from the young underdog to the grizzled mentor. "Isn't that weird?" Stallone said. "I'm the guy who's knocking on the door going, 'Hey, kid.' It's an unbelievable feeling. I'm very proud of it." Stallone spoke with The LA Times where he discussed returning to his famous role in the upcoming CREED, which will see Rocky reluctantly agreeing to train Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his former friend and rival Apollo Creed.

When director Ryan Coogler first approached Sylvester Stallone to pitch him CREED, the actor wasn't very amenable to the idea:

I was dead set against it, I just didn't ever see taking this character into this realm. Finally my agent said, 'For a guy who played Rocky, you're kind of a chicken.'

Stallone finally came around to Coogler's idea, saying "there are certain things I'm allowed to say through Rocky that I can't say through Rambo or anyone else, Rocky is very preachy. He's just always talking. That's what Rocky really is: a springboard for the way I see life or wish life was." Ryan Coogler has always been a fan of both Sylvester Stallone and the Rocky character, and one of the biggest surprises among meeting Stallone was finding out how different he was from Rocky Balboa.

I watched all these Stallone movies growing up in the '90s like 'Demolition Man' and 'Cliffhanger,' but he was still Rocky to me, so I went into his office expecting him to be that character, as soon as I met him, I realized he's the exact opposite. He doesn't walk like Rocky, he doesn't move like Rocky, his personality is totally different — the only thing that's recognizable is the voice. I remember thinking, 'This dude is a phenomenal actor to pull off that character and have it be so natural.' I feel he's been underused.

Sylvester Stallone has appeared in many films over his long career, and he'd be the first to admit that not all of them were winners; in fact, he goes one step further, saying that ROCKY was the one thing he's done right in his life:

Rocky is the one thing I've done right. I'd say my life is about 96% failures, but if you just get that 4% right, that's all you need.

I think you're being a little hard on yourself there Sylvester, but hopefully we can add CREED to that 4% once it opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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Source: The LA Times

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1:30AM on 10/31/2015
I hope this does well, so that we get a sequel where Ivan Drago is coatching the son of Clubber Lang.
I hope this does well, so that we get a sequel where Ivan Drago is coatching the son of Clubber Lang.
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11:29PM on 10/30/2015
Why is boxing so interesting to Hollywood? It's so boring compared to MMA.
Why is boxing so interesting to Hollywood? It's so boring compared to MMA.
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9:02AM on 11/02/2015
Boxing has a very storied history while MMA is like a damned video game, not a lot of class there...
Boxing has a very storied history while MMA is like a damned video game, not a lot of class there...
11:23PM on 11/02/2015
There's no history with Southpaw, and the best fighter in boxing is a pretentious woman beater. The MMA movie Warrior is a great movie. They could easily make more quality MMA movies. As for class, boxing has far more criminals in the past 10 years. Do you even watch MMA?
There's no history with Southpaw, and the best fighter in boxing is a pretentious woman beater. The MMA movie Warrior is a great movie. They could easily make more quality MMA movies. As for class, boxing has far more criminals in the past 10 years. Do you even watch MMA?
10:24PM on 10/30/2015
I still haven't seen Rocky. I'm still kicking myself, because the only movie I've seen Stallone do that was actually good was First Blood (I'm not saying he's not entertaining in Demolition Man or The Expendables, or especially Death Race 2000). I think it's interesting to look back at the '70s and '80s and see a very charismatic actor, before his he-man persona, surgeries, and botox robbed him of a lot of the emotion he used to have. A character like Rocky though is the kind of thing that
I still haven't seen Rocky. I'm still kicking myself, because the only movie I've seen Stallone do that was actually good was First Blood (I'm not saying he's not entertaining in Demolition Man or The Expendables, or especially Death Race 2000). I think it's interesting to look back at the '70s and '80s and see a very charismatic actor, before his he-man persona, surgeries, and botox robbed him of a lot of the emotion he used to have. A character like Rocky though is the kind of thing that proves Sly has substance, even if I've never sat through one of those movies, their place in pop culture history has told me as much. I feel like somewhere he just got scared of taking chances. So good for Ryan Coogler for trying to shake up his most beloved franchise.
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9:49PM on 10/31/2015
You're on a Movie site, and you've never seen Rocky the Film? Wow... how old are you? 10?
You're on a Movie site, and you've never seen Rocky the Film? Wow... how old are you? 10?
8:32PM on 10/30/2015
What are the odds Rocky dies at the end of this?
What are the odds Rocky dies at the end of this?
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9:50PM on 10/31/2015
I have a feeling thats where its gonna go.. .if not this one. Then maybe a sequel if it does well. Then 20 years later, well get Creed 4-5-6 with Creed training Rockys grand children LOL.
I have a feeling thats where its gonna go.. .if not this one. Then maybe a sequel if it does well. Then 20 years later, well get Creed 4-5-6 with Creed training Rockys grand children LOL.
8:02PM on 10/30/2015
I love the Rocky character and series so I'll be seeing this, but I have a feeling outside the Rocky scenes I'm going to lose interest. I think Jordan will do a good job, but there's already so many boxing films out there that I feel it'll just be another cliche underdog boxer story done many times before.
I love the Rocky character and series so I'll be seeing this, but I have a feeling outside the Rocky scenes I'm going to lose interest. I think Jordan will do a good job, but there's already so many boxing films out there that I feel it'll just be another cliche underdog boxer story done many times before.
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