Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren walk the red carpet at the New York premiere of the boxing sequel "Creed II." (November 15)
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Three decades after falling to Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) on "Rocky IV", the unfortunate Russian killing machine Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) returned to take revenge "Creed II".
It is a meal that is best served after many cold Ukrainian winters.
With his brutal son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) fighting, Drago challenges Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of boxing legend Apollo Creed, who was literally killed by Drago in the "Rocky IV" ring.
Lundgren, 61, says that "Creed II" (in theaters now) pays tribute to his classic villain, before the course of Drago's story changes.
"Rocky IV" was like, "We're in a nuclear standoff with Russia, we need this bad guy without layers," says Lundgren. "I'm pleased to play a character with a little more emotion and more rounded than the first."
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Drago was definitely going to "break" something.
Director Steven Caple Jr. knew he had to work on Drago's "I must break you" speech in the new movie.
"It's such a classic line, but we can not make Drago say:" I have to break you. "Again," says Caple. "We had to find a way that really sang."
After trying many variations, he landed with Drago telling Rocky: "My son will break your son." Drago also pushes Viktor's mouthguard into his jaws to push him during the Adonis fight, saying, "You must break it."
The Rocky-Drago rematch really happened, then it was cut.
After Viktor hit Adonis in the first charitable fight of the movie, Caple filmed a confrontation in a hospital between Rocky and Drago. The informal rematch makes sense on paper: "I would listen to the fans say:" Oh, man, they need to fight. "
But it does not work. "It was pushing the limit of how far we got into 'Rocky IV'," says Caple. "We made the executive decision to cut it, nobody wanted to force it."
Drago throws the towel over his cold heart.
In "Rocky IV", Rocky is reluctant to throw in the towel to end the tragic fight between Drago and Apollo. Apollo told Rocky not to stop the fight, whatever happened. And he died.
The still tormented Rocky considers throwing in the towel during the confrontation of "Creed II" Viktor-Adonis while his protégé is beaten. But Adonis, like his father, forbids movement before turning the tables.
When Viktor is crushed by Adonis, it is the old killing machine Drago who surrenders, throwing in the bloody towel to end the fight.
"Drago is the last man in the world that you hope to throw in the towel, so he's powerful," says Lundgren. "But my son's life is at stake."
The ending fits perfectly with "Rocky IV" and gives you a new view of a Dragon with a heart. He even tells his losing son emotionally that he is proud for the first time. It's a very different vision of his past villainy and his own lonely defeat of Rocky.
"After seeing him, Dolph came up to me crying and was so happy," says Caple.
Adonis Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan, faces the son of the Russian fighter who killed his father in "Creed II".
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Caple says that Drago, who only spoke nine lines in "Rocky IV," was always going to show emotion in "Creed II." But it cut out the first flashes of the heart.
"During the editing, I realized that you started supporting Drago, so Creed's victory does not seem like a victory, it's less heroic," he says. Caple saved the humanization for the final act.
"It's the end when we create this multidimensional character," he says. "You start feeling for Drago."
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