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Michael B. Jordan Reveals How Creed 3 Copes Without Stallone’s Rocky

Creed III director and star Michael B. Jordan explains how the upcoming threequel will cope without the presence of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. Set five years after the events of Creed II, the new film will see Jordan’s Adonis “Donnie” Creed face an opponent from his past, in the form of Jonathan Majors’ Damian Anderson, a childhood friend who resurfaces after having served a lengthy prison sentence. In April of last year, Stallone announced he would not be returning to the role of Rocky Balboa for the franchise’s latest installment, though he has described the sequel’s story as “really interesting.”

With next year’s Creed III marking the first movie in the long-running franchise that Stallone has not appeared since the original 1977 Rocky film, Jordan explains how this latest outing will continue without his iconic character. Speaking with Empire, Jordan explains that, while Stallone will not appear in the flesh, the “essence of him is still there,” and the film honors the legacy of its origins. Check out his full comments below:

It’s really diving into the Creed universe and having him evolve, start his own family and go through his own trials and tribulations in life. It’s allowed Adonis to stand on his own two feet and use the wisdom he’s learned from Rocky in the other two films. I think it’s in the spirit of Rocky, whose fingerprints will always and forever be on this franchise. The essence of him is still there. But at the same time, the Creed franchise is moving in a strong direction.

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Why Rocky Isn’t In Creed 3

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Following in Rocky’s own footsteps, Creed III will see Jordan’s Adonis as a successful professional boxer struggling to balance his family life with his life in the ring. In a move distinctly reminiscent of 1982’s Rocky III, the new film’s plot will see the now-famous fighter face off against a tough, up-and-coming challenger without the benefit of his trainer. Rocky’s absence from Creed III seemingly mirrors the death of Burgess Meredith’s Mickey Goldmill, whose passing saw Stallone’s character spiral into a dark depression. While it is not clear whether Rocky’s character is destined to suffer the same fate off-screen, the apparent connections are difficult to ignore, and his absence is certain to have a significant impact on Jordan’s Adonis.

With Stallone’s performance as Rocky in the original Creed film earning him an Oscar nomination, the decision to make his departure from the role would not have come easily for the star. When asked earlier this month about his absence, Stallone explained that much of his decision was due to the Creed III being taken in a darker direction than he would have liked. Calling the situation “regretful,” he suggested that Jordan and producer Irwin Winkler have sent the story “in a direction that is quite different than I would’ve taken it.” Nonetheless, despite his departure, Stallone wished the pair well and continued to serve as a producer on the upcoming sequel.

Having played the iconic character for over four decades, Stallone’s absence in Creed III will likely be keenly felt by fans, but it may also serve to allow Jordan’s character to fully emerge from his gigantic shadow. With Rocky telling Adonis “it’s your time” at the conclusion of Creed II’s final fight, the time has finally come for Jordan’s protagonist to stand firmly on his own two feet. Whether the franchise can successfully make that transition will only become clear when Creed III releases next year.

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Source: Empire Magazine

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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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