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Don’t Get Your Hopes Up For Stallone’s Rocky Returning In Creed 4

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Creed III.Creed III showcased Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) in the most emotional fight of his career against childhood friend Damian (Jonathan Majors), all without his greatest mentor in his corner, and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky isn’t expected to return in Creed IV either. After a seven-year time jump since Donnie’s victory against Viktor Drago in Creed II, he owns a gym in Los Angeles and balances supervising the next generation of boxers with being a father and husband, far removed from The Italian Stallion and his life in Philadelphia, where the Rocky franchise has directed most of its focus. This move away from Rocky’s roots is expected to continue.

While Rocky isn’t the only character absent from Creed III, he’s the most surprising, especially given that he’s been in every Rocky film for the past 47 years, and how much he went through in the Creed franchise to train Apollo’s son. He went round after round with cancer treatment while never leaving Donnie’s side, and supported him when he took on the son of the man who killed his father in the ring. Stallone’s presence in Creed 4 would, therefore, need to not only make sense for the narrative but also be congruous with any planned Rocky sequels too.

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Rocky’s Absence Makes A Creed 4 Return Almost Impossible

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in Creed 2

Given that he’s been in Donnie’s corner through thick and thin, Rocky’s absence in Creed III is strange, particularly given the funeral for Mary Anne, Apollo Creed’s wife (and Donnie’s adoptive mom), Donnie’s retirement from the ring, and his emotionally charged comeback. Any one of those life-changing events warranted at least a cameo from Stallone, but each passed without Rocky showing up in some capacity. Jordan has addressed Stallone returning in Creed 4, but since Rocky didn’t appear for integral moments in Creed III, it’s unlikely he would return for its sequel.

In essence, it would take something monumental in the storyline to see Rocky return, though it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Rocky’s illness could return, necessitating one final visit between him and his protégé, or Donnie could get hurt in the ring, and Rocky could visit him in the hospital. However, if Creed 4 moves further away from Donnie’s life and focuses more on Dame or Viktor, though, Rocky’s presence wouldn’t make any sense for their personal journeys. As such, a return seems incredibly unlikely

It’s Good The Creed Franchise Is Moving On From Stallone’s Rocky

Adonis Creed sitting on a stool staring at Rocky Balboa during a fight in creed 2.

At this point, it’s appropriate for the Creed franchise to pivot away from Stallone’s Rocky, who has his own narrative to focus on. Creed III ends Adonis’s storyline, not Rocky’s, who has a relationship with his son Robert to repair. The conclusion of Creed II showed an estranged Rocky meeting his grandson Logan for the first time, suggesting that future Rocky movies might focus on strengthening the Balboa family, particularly after Adrian’s death sometime after Rocky V.

Adonis prevailed in Creed III without Rocky as a safeguard because he finally mastered his mentor’s mantra “you versus you,” acknowledging that the most important opponent to beat in the ring was himself. Despite being billed as the villain, Dame emerged as a fan-favorite who might get featured in future installments, and Donnie will have other boxers to mentor much like Rocky helped him, signifying the true passing of the torch from one franchise to another. There’s still a chance for Stallone to give Rocky’s character the sendoff he deserves, and given the tenacity of The Italian Stallion, that probably won’t be for several years (and Rocky movies) to come.

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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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