US actor Sylvester Stallone announced Wednesday that he would no longer take on the role of Rocky Balboa and believe it was time to make room for the younger generation incorporated by the new hero of the saga Adonis Johnson. "Today, when I retire and my story has been told, a new world for the audience opens with this generation," said the actor in a message written on Instagram, apparently recorded under the movie of "Creed II", released 21 November in the United States.
Since 1976, Sylvester Stallone has played eight roles that made him famous and earned more Oscar nominations.
"Although it's destroying 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," said the 72-year-old comedian, scriptwriter, director and producer.
"I thought Rocky was finished in 2006 and it fills me perfectly," he said in this video shot 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.
In "Creed – The Legacy of Rocky Balboa" and "Creed II", young actor Adonis Johnson, son of boxer Apollo Creed, best friend of Rocky Balboa, died during Soviet Ivan Drago's battle during 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," where Rocky prepares Adonis for a professional match, has been a worldwide hit with $ 173 million in revenue, according to the box office Mojo Box Office.
The eighth part of the saga, "Creed II", seems to make at least as much, having realized this weekend, the best start ever in the United States for a movie including Rocky.