Creed II: for Steven Caple Jr., this time, it's personal

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In the space of about 18 months, Steven Caple Jr. It happened of an indie director with just two episodes of Grown-ish under his belt to the director of Credo II, the sequel to an important franchise, starring Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone. From now until 2019, Caple will promote the film around the world: South Africa, Italy, Spain, England, Brazil. One might think that his fellow franchise friends, who could make press tours in his dream (and probably have), would have offered some advice on how to navigate to be put in the spotlight.

"They gave me do not Tips! "Caple said, laughing, in a recent interview before admitting that Thompson told him to dress" flying ".

The trip from Caple to Credo II began with his days as a film student at the University of Southern California, where he became friends with a senior student named Ryan Coogler The couple stayed on good terms while Coogler was going to direct Fruitvale Station, Creed, Y Black Panther. The production of the latter kept Coogler too tied for the Creed sequel, so Coogler suggested to MGM that Caple take his place.

When Coogler himself approached Creed, he had only one indie trait to his credit: the aching forged Fruitvale. Caple, too, had only one long-lasting indie on his resume before Credo II: a skating drama called The earth, Located in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He had no idea that he was ready for work until his agent got a call from Jonathan Glickman Y Adam Rosenberg, President of MGM and co-president of production, respectively. "I called him [Coogler] immediately after, like: "Friend, you did not even tell me!" he said.

As Caple recalls, the call came in the morning; In the afternoon, Glickman and Rosenberg were on the set of Grown up, where he directed one of his two episodes. Nobody on the set knew about the potential Credo II offer except series creator Kenya Barris, who also received a call from MGM asking him about the potential and the working style of Caple. Barris' approval "helped boost the initiation," said Caple, and also helped organize the meeting, guiding Caple's path to the franchise.

"Caple is a fucking star," says Barris. Vanity Fair via email. "Period: As a once-in-a-lifetime legitimate talent, you realize within a few minutes of working with him, he's different, he's one of those guys with a lot of opinions, but somehow, usually, they all have reason ".

Even so, Caple did not say yes to the film immediately, despite the fact that Coogler remained an executive producer. He needed to know if this project would allow him to make his own mark, or if it would simply be a gear on a predetermined machine. And he needed to meet Stallone. So he was driven to the mansion of the action star for coffee. Caple was knocked down by the gigantic rock statue, like that of Philadelphia, which Stallone had in his living room. At first, Caple said his conversation was formal; he and Stallone sat on two separate sofas, talking about a store. A few hours later, Caple said, they warmed to each other: they were sitting on the same couch, Stallone sitting cross-legged and chatting animatedly about story ideas.

"He became two fans of the same series who discovered how to make this new," Caple recalled. "At one point, he activated the YouTube videos on his projector and started playing all of these fighting clips. I was amputated We started talking about fight sequences. He began to imitate movements, walking around the room getting excited, talking about choreography. He was so passionate. . . I was like, wow, man, he has this big and huge house and this projector because of this movie. At the same time, we're here more than 40 years later, and people still love this movie and this character. "

Once Caple subscribed, Stallone took him to one of his home offices: "his house is huge,"Caple said, still impressed, and showed her videos of Florian Munteanu, a real-life boxer who thought it would be perfect for the movie. "That's when I was introduced to Viktor Drago," said Caple.

In this iteration of the Rocky spin-off, Adonis Creed (Jordan) is a prosperous world champion. His partner, Bianca (Thompson), is working on his music, although his invasive hearing loss seems to be getting worse. They are still happy together, until Rocky iv Antagonist Ivan Drago and his brick wall of a son, Viktor (Munteanu), challenge Creed to a fight that could destroy his life.

Thematically, the film is full of father-son drama. Rocky is grappling with his guilt as an absent father to Robert (Milo Ventimiglia). Adonis is fighting to face the ghost of Apollo Creed. Viktor is suppressing the anger and lack of love of Ivan, who seeks redemption and glory through the success of his son. When Coogler made the first Creed, He talked regularly about how the film was inspired by his father's love for Rocky The franchise and its battle against a neuromuscular condition that diminished its strength. Caple saw his own father-son parallels in Creed II. The Ivan-Viktor relationship resonated: his father was a basketball player who wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. Caple did it until he did not. A deep crack was unleashed.

"My father and I stopped talking for a while," he said. "He did not show up for my wedding, we had this huge gap."

That aspect echoed the story of Rocky-Robert, who has a screen time on Creed II. "I did not understand what my father was going through," said Caple. "My dad, he was absent most of my life. I would blame him, he would make me angry. "He did not notice until later …much Later, when his film premiered in New York, his father felt too embarrassed to heal his breakthrough after all that had been lost in his son's life, like Rocky.

But all these years later, they are solving their problems. When Caple brought the film to Cleveland, he invited his father. "He does not come out that much, [but] He saw the movie and it was exciting afterwards. He left with me for the rest of the press tour, "he said.

"We are trying to keep this relationship right, I think I have reached a broader agreement after this project," the director continued. "Now he's calling me every day, it just feels good to see where this is going, I feel like I'm at peace."

This article has been updated to include comments from Kenya Barris.

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