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Creed 3’s Other Rocky Change Was Bigger Than Stallone’s Absence

Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Creed 3

Creed III moves the film’s story from Philadelphia to Los Angeles — and that’s a good thing for a variety of reasons. Michael B. Jordan returns to reprise his role as Adonis Creed, the now-retired heavyweight champion boxer. In addition to leading the film onscreen, Creed III marks Jordan’s directorial debut, and it has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a primarily positive critical reception.
The first two Creed movies were primarily set in Philadelphia, and the city, as well as Adonis Creed connecting with Rocky Balboa, set the boxer on his path to success. Philadelphia has a storied history in the Rocky franchise, but Creed III went a different route, moving Adonis and his family to LA, where they have been living in the years since the end of Creed II. Adonis Creed now runs a boxing gym where rising boxers come to train, and Bianca has really settled into her music career in the city. LA is a far cry from Philadelphia, but the change is beneficial to Creed III and the overall Rocky franchise.

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Creed 3’s LA Setting Is Much Better For Donnie’s Story Than Philadelphia

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Creed III is very much a personal story for Adonis. He’s grappled with his father’s legacy and his own, but the introduction of Damian Anderson allowed Creed to truly reckon with his own past, and the young man who had such a crucial influence on him in his youth. Creed III needed to be set in LA to tackle Donnie and Dame’s stories simultaneously, as well as their history. Had the Creed sequel remained in Philadelphia, Adonis’ past wouldn’t have been explored in the same way. The LA setting adds an emotional component that would have been missing had Creed III remained in Philly.

LA was where Adonis Creed grew into the man he became. Philadelphia, while still deeply connected to Adonis through his father and Rocky Balboa, doesn’t have the same sentimental touch or nostalgia. What’s more, Adonis could give back to his community in LA in a way he couldn’t have done in Philadelphia. And since Creed III is the first of the franchise to not feature Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, it makes more sense for Adonis to be in LA where he has firmly established his roots. It’s where he was able to grow by reconciling with his past, shaping his future as a family man, mentor, and friend, and not simply as a boxer.

Creed 3’s Philadelphia Change Repeats A Key Rocky IV Trick

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Creed III leaving Philadelphia behind for sunny LA repeats a key Rocky IV trick, as it was the first Rocky movie to have a change in setting. It saw Rocky Balboa going to the Soviet Union and training there. Considering it was the fourth film in the franchise, Rocky leaving Philadelphia behind was a good change of pace for audiences. It breathed a bit of fresh air into the franchise and offered a much-needed change of scenery and a break from Rocky’s daily life in Philadelphia. It also upped some of the stakes while expanding the scope of Rocky’s story.

Creed III follows suit by shifting the story’s setting to LA, and it’s all the better for it. It enriches Adonis Creed’s story, elevating his relationship with Damian. It also allows Creed III to separate itself from previous films in the Rocky franchise without straying too far from the path the films have taken in the past. LA is firmly Adonis Creed’s home, and the setting change is appropriate for the story it’s telling about the boxer’s past and present life.

More: All 9 Rocky & Creed Movies Ranked (Including Creed 3)

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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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