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Sylvester Stallone’s Creed 3 Comments Contradict Creed 1 & 2

Creed III will be the first film in the Rocky franchise not to feature Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion, with Stallone’s reasoning for not returning contradicting his previous appearances in Creed and Creed II specifically. When Creed III was announced, it was revealed that Michael B. Jordan would be making his directorial debut for the film, while also returning as the titular Adonis Creed. It was also announced that Jonathan Majors would join the franchise as the film’s antagonist, alongside the news that Rocky Balboa would not be present despite his mentorship of Adonis in the first two installments.

While many have theorized that Stallone’s omission from the film would be due to Rocky Balboa’s death in Creed III, Stallone clarified his reasoning for not returning to the role that catapulted him into the Hollywood mainstream. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone stated that he did not return due to the film’s different philosophy, namely taking the characters to darker places. Stallone went on to say: “I like my heroes getting beat up, but I just don’t want them going into that dark space.” While Stallone’s views on his characters are warranted, they do not quite track with how Rocky was portrayed in 2015’s Creed and its sequel Creed II, meaning his reasoning for not returning for Creed III contradicts his prior appearances.

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Creed Took Rocky To Darker Places Than Ever Before

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Both Creed movies took Rocky to darker places than ever explored in the Rocky films. The first Creed had Rocky, despite Adonis Creed’s introduction, dealing with the loneliness of his life after the deaths of Adrian, Paulie, and the estrangement of his son Robert. Stallone portrayed Rocky with a subtle, stoic sadness that comes from everyone in his life passing on before him. All of this is compounded when Rocky is diagnosed with cancer and refuses treatment, due to its inability to save Adrian who also died from cancer. This shows how truly dark and upsetting Rocky’s character arc was in Creed, with him all but accepting his own death midway through the film.

While in the end, Rocky began treatment and eventually beat his cancer, the majority of Rocky’s arc in Creed takes place in those very dark spaces that Stallone seems adamant to avoid with his characters. While not on the same level, this darkness continues into Creed II. The sequel saw the return of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV to Rocky’s life, who killed Adonis’ father in the ring. The first half of Creed II sees Rocky abandoning Adonis, refusing to train him due to the trauma caused by Drago’s murder of Apollo. This continued Creed’s exploration of Rocky going to dark places, again contradicting Stallone’s Creed III comments.

Stallone Is Wrong, Dark Stories Make For More Compelling Characters

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In contradicting himself, Stallone actually proves that darker stories make for more compelling characters. While the Rocky films are beloved by many, their quality undoubtedly dips after the second movie. Despite the following three movies and the reboot, Rocky Balboa, still being enjoyable in their own right, they are not as compelling as the first two movies which were much more grounded in tone. Grounded tones often call for darker stories, as is evident in Creed.

The original Creed is ranked highly in the Rocky franchise, and is often regarded as one of the best of the bunch, even surpassing the original two Rocky films. The majority of the praise heaped on the first Creed is directed at Stallone’s performance and Rocky’s character arc. All of this only proves that stories going to dark places that may be depressing for a time only makes for more compelling characters when they inevitably rise above the darkness, exemplifying the true underdog spirit of the entire franchise that Creed III is almost certain to continue.

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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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