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“I can’t forgive that”: Sylvester Stallone Will Never Watch Michael B. Jordan’s Creed 3

Creed 3 starring Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors has released on Friday, March 3rd,2023. The film which is the 3rd installment of the Creed franchise is originally based on the Rocky films starring Sylvester Stallone. The film follows the rise of Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky Balboa’s arch-rival and friend Apollo Creed. Creed 1 and Creed 2 saw the Italian stallion reprise his iconic role as he plays a mentor to his competitor’s son helping him to embrace his father’s legacy. Creed 3 though is in the news not just for the boxing rivalry between 2 Marvel antagonists but also for the conspicuous absence of Sylvester Stallone from the cast despite being given a producer credit.
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Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers as Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed
The history behind the relationship between Sylvester Stallone and Rocky is one of the books
It is common knowledge that Sylvester Stallone is the brain behind the Rocky franchise, having written the original screenplay for the first film in just three days after watching a boxing match between Chuck Wepner and Muhammed Ali. The film went on to win multiple Academy awards including Best Picture and Best Director, making it one of the greatest sports films of all time.
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Following Rocky’s success, Stallone went on to write five more movies from 1979 to 2006, even directing three of them. These films then gave rise to the Creed series. The Expendables star was even nominated for an Oscar under the Best Supporting actor category, including being credited as a writer for the films. With over 4 decades of success, the Rocky franchise has amassed worldwide sales of $1.7 billion, making it one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing film franchises.
Also Read: “His absence makes him an even bigger figure”: Creed 3 Star Tessa Thompson on Why Sylvester Stallone isn’t in the Movie
What went wrong between Sylvester Stallone and producer Irwin Winkler?
Despite Sylvester Stallone’s deep commitment to the Rocky and Creed franchises, there has unfortunately been a lot of bad blood between the Cliffhanger actor and producer Irwin Winkler. In 2019, the action star accused the then 93-year-old producer of withholding and controlling ownership rights of the Rocky franchise from him despite having written the story for all the films. The actor minced no words when saying,

“I really would like have at least a little [of] WHAT’s LEFT of my RIGHTS back,”
Rocky controversySylvester Stallone with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler
According to reports, Irwin Winkler also tried to block Sylvester Stallone’s prequel and sequel ideas for Rocky, driving home the resentment even further. The Demolition Man actor primarily blames his lack of business savvy and naiveté for not demanding the rights to Rocky, which he confesses has now come back to bite him. Apart from the lack of profits that was due to him, it is a big disappointment that the star who gave the franchise its identity and fame has been denied any sort of ownership.
Also Read: “I knew I was in trouble”: Sylvester Stallone’s Obsession Put His Life at Risk and Landed Him in Hospital For 9 Days While Shooting ‘Rocky IV’
What is the future of the Creed franchise without Sylvester Stallone?

Creed 1 and Creed 2 featured Sylvester Stallone playing an older version of his classic Rocky Balboa character. There was a sense of nostalgia with fans of the action star flocking to theatres to see their idol bring back the character to life. But with his exclusion from Creed 3, Sylvester Stallone has stated that while he regrets not being part of the film, he is too pained to watch or be associated with it. It is evident from this statement that The Specialist actor’s severed relationship with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler due to ownership rights is beyond repair.
Creed Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed
This also means that we may never see him in any future films of the Creed franchise. Despite the absence of Sylvester Stallone, Creed 3 has opened to fantastic reviews with  Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors’ face-off being hailed as one of the best sporting rivalries. Will the Rocky and Creed franchises usher in a new era without their original talisman?  We will just have to wait and see.
Creed III is in theatres now

Also Read: “I elbowed him in the side of the head”: Sylvester Stallone Beat Co-Star Richard Gere and Got Him Fired From Movie Because of Mustard
Source: Screen Rant

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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