Rocky puts the gloves back in the closet. Sylvester Stallone announced 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 for the audience opens with this generation," said the 72-year-old actor in a message posted on Instagram, visible under the shooting of " Creed II ".
Since 1976, Sylvester Stallone has played the role of Rocky Balboa eight times. He earned Oscar for best actor and best manuscript in 1977. "Although it breaks my heart, everything has an end," he wrote at Instagram. "Rocky will never die because he lives in you," he tells fans of the saga. "It has been a great privilege for me to be able to create and play this important character," explains the comedian and director.
"I thought Rocky was finished in 2006 (after" Rocky Balboa ", Ed) and it completely filled me," he says in this video image at night in what looks like a wasteland, in the presence of the Creed II team. "And suddenly this young man appeared and the whole story has changed," he continues, probably pointing to actor Michael B. Jordan, present during the shoot of the video, even though he remains out of field.
Take up the start for "Creed II"
In "Creed – The Legacy of Rocky Balboa" and "Creed II" Jordan Adonis Johnson, son of boxer Apollo Creed, best friend of Rocky Balboa, died during Soviet Ivan Drago in a fight at the top.
After an initial rejection, Stallone finally accepted the proposal of the young director Ryan Coogler, who wanted to revive the saga in a much more current version. Released in 2015, "Creed", as Rocky prepares Adonis for a professional match, has been a worldwide hit with $ 173 million in revenue, according to Mojo Box Office.
The eighth part of the saga, "Creed II", seems to make at least as much. Released November 21, he achieved the best start ever in North America for a movie with Rocky. In France, it will be necessary to wait until 9 January to discover it.