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Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Return In Creed 4 Addressed By Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan addresses whether Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa could potentially return in Creed 4. In 2015, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler released the first Creed film, a continuation of Stallone’s acclaimed Rocky series, which focused on Jordan’s Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers). While Stallone reprised his role of the former boxing champion Rocky Balboa for both Creed and 2018’s Creed 2, his character is noticeably absent in the franchise’s latest outing.

Jordan, who also made his directorial debut in the new film, clarified whether there is room for Stallone’s character to return in future films. Speaking with Sports Illustrated, the actor-director suggested that while Stallone does not appear in Creed 3, the “essence of Rocky and Sly” will always continue to be felt throughout the Creed films. Moreover, he also suggested that there will always be room for Stallone to return in future installments. Check out his comments below:

“I think there’s always space for Sly, for Rocky, to come back. That’s one of those amazing things about that character. It would make sense in any story line because it all stems from the world of Rocky. So any version of that, it would make sense.”

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Why Didn’t Stallone Return For Creed 3?

Blended image of Adonis with his boxing gloves on a pit and a serious looking Rocky in the Creed movies

With Creed 3 serving as the ninth installment in the greater Rocky franchise, it also has the distinction of being the only film in the series that does not feature an appearance from Stallone’s character. While 2006’s Rocky Balboa was originally intended to serve as the franchise’s final installment, Stallone previously revealed that it took nearly two years for Coogler to convince him to return as the famous boxer for the first Creed spinoff. Assuming the role of Adonis’ mentor, Stallone’s presence was instrumental in connecting these latest films to the enormous legacy.

Even before Creed 3 entered production, Stallone intimated that Creed 2 would likely be his last time playing the character. Stating that Rocky’s story was already told, he suggested it was time for the torch to be handed over to the next generation. Late last year, Stallone further elaborated on his decision not to return, calling the situation “regretful” and hinting that Creed 3 was being taken in a darker direction than he would have liked.

Surprisingly, however, the events of Creed 3 still leave room for Stallone to make a triumphant return. Despite some theories somehow alluding to Rocky’s death and effectively mirroring his character losing his own mentor in Rocky 3, Stallone’s character is still very much alive in franchise canon by the end of the new film. The question is whether Jordan can find a way to convince him to come back one more time for Creed 4 if another sequel happens.

More: Creed 3 Ending Explained (In Detail)

Source: Sports Illustrated

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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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