Rocky put his gloves in the closet. Sylvester Stallone announced on Wednesday that he would no longer interpret the character that made him a star. "Today, when I retire and my story has been told, a new world is open to the public with this generation," said the 72-year-old actor in a message posted on Instagram, seen recorded during the shooting of "Creed II".
Since 1976, Sylvester Stallone has played the role of Rocky Balboa eight times. This earned him the Oscar for Best Actor and Best Scenario in 1977. "Even if it breaks my heart, everything is over," he wrote on Instagram. "Rocky will never die because he lives in you," he told fans of the story. "It is a great honor for me to be able to create and play this important character," the comedian and director explained.
"I thought Rocky finished in 2006 (after" Rocky Balboa ", Ed) and it really filled me," he said in this video, at night in a place that looked like a desert, in front of the "Creed II" team. "And suddenly, this young man appears and the whole story has changed," he continued, possibly pointing to actor Michael B. Jordan, present during the video shoot even if he remained out of the field.
Record starts for "Creed II"
In "Creed – The Legacy of Rocky Balboa" and "Creed II", Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, son of boxer Apollo Creed, friend of Rocky Balboa who died under Soviet Ivan Drago in the fight above.
After the initial rejection, Stallone finally accepted a proposal from young director Ryan Coogler, who wanted to revive the saga in a much newer version. Released in 2015, "Creed," where Rocky prepares Adonis for professional battles, has become a worldwide hit with $ 173 million in revenue, according to the Mojo Box Office.
The eighth installment of the saga, "Creed II," seems to be doing at least as much as possible. Released November 21, he reached the best start ever seen in North America for a film with Rocky. In France, you need to wait until January 9 to find it.