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Stallone’s Absence Means Creed 3 Can Repeat A Rocky Balboa Death Trick

Sylvester Stallone is not returning as Rocky Balboa for Creed 3, but that could give the film an opportunity to use a death trick employed by 2006’s Rocky Balboa. The relationship between Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis and Stallone’s famous boxer was pivotal to the first two installments of the Creed franchise. However, that will change in Creed 3, as Stallone isn’t in the movie. The film picks up seven years after Creed 2 and follows Adonis—now living a more stable life alongside his wife, Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter—as he is confronted by a childhood-friend-turned-enemy, Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors).

Sylvester Stallone’s absence from Creed 3 prompted speculation about the possibility of Rocky being killed off-screen. The film’s trailer only mentioned Rocky once, as Adonis discussed the people in his life. Though Creed has the potential to be its own standalone franchise, Balboa was a vital element of the first two films, and his absence could leave a prominent emotional void in Adonis’ world. On the other hand, if the character is, in fact, dead, Creed 3 could benefit from his demise. Specifically, the movie could replay a death trick used by Rocky Balboa to explain Stallone not reprising his role.

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Rocky Dying Offscreen Could Mirror Adrian’s Death In Rocky Balboa

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in a leather jacket sitting on the bed confessing his fears to Talia Shire as Adrian, who lies in the bed looking up at Rocky with attention

One of the most important characters throughout the Rocky franchise was Balboa’s wife, Adrian Pennino (Talia Shire), who acted as Rocky’s anchor over the course of five movies. Adrian was supposed to appear in Rocky Balboa, but she was cut in favor of focusing on the boxer dealing with grief. While her absence could have been detrimental to the story, the film used her memory as an emotional through line for the Italian Stallion, as he attempted to make peace with her no longer being there. Her death imbued Rocky Balboa with a gravitas akin to 1976’s Rocky, which arguably helped the 2006 film find critical success.

If Rocky has passed in Creed 3, the movie could follow Rocky Balboa’s example in using his demise to give its story a harder emotional impact. The Creed franchise focuses on drama as much as it does action, with storylines like Adonis coming to terms with his father’s history and Bianca dealing with her hearing loss. With that, Rocky’s death could fit Creed 3’s story. Adonis relied heavily on Rocky’s guidance, so not having him there from the beginning could heighten the movie’s tension, as he wouldn’t only have to deal with the return of Jonathan Major’s villainous Damian, but also with the death of his mentor and father figure.

Will Creed 3 Really Kill Off Rocky Balboa?

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone’s Italian Stallion is the face of the Rocky universe, so it’s difficult to imagine Creed 3 killing him off. Yet, that may be probable given the behind-the-scenes issues Stallone has had with franchise producer Irwin Winkler. The actor was expected to lead another Rocky film after Creed 2. In 2019, Stallone said he had a new Rocky movie idea that centers on his character training a young immigrant fighter. In 2021, Stallone gave a less optimistic outlook on the sequel to The Hollywood Reporter, speaking of Rocky VII in past tense while discussing his failed attempt at obtaining partial ownership of the property:

“They wanted another ‘Rocky.’ And I was willing to do it. But I said, ‘After 45 years, can we change the playing field a little bit? Level it out? Can’t I get a piece of what I created all these years ago?’ […] [The producers] still get a piece. I don’t want anyone to control it. If I write it and the studio agrees to do it, it’s done. You can’t [make a ‘Rocky’ sequel] just because you want your children to have a job. Or if you don’t get more money, that you can block it. The other producer, Bob Chartoff, was always very nice. Irwin Winkler was just the opposite.”

In that same interview, he stated, “I’m not an executive producer on the ‘Creed’ movies. […] I’m the only one left out.” Stallone’s animosity with Winkler and his displeasure with the handling of his financial participation in the property seem to point to him not returning to the franchise, which could, in turn, lend credence to speculation about Rocky Balboa dying in Creed 3. Though there is a possibility of Creed 3 addressing his absence differently, the character could reasonably be killed off in the movie, as it could provide a poignant in-universe way to give Rocky closure should Stallone decide not to reprise the role.

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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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