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Stallone’s Creed 3 Comments Prove The Rocky Franchise’s Future Is Safe

Sylvester Stallone’s comments about why Rocky won’t be returning for Creed III actually show exactly why the Rocky franchise’s future is safe. Sylvester Stallone shot to stardom with his leading role in 1976’s Rocky, with his place at the forefront of the franchise securing him as one of the biggest stars of the 1980s. Stallone is responsible for Rocky Balboa’s status as a pop culture icon in more ways than one: not only is he the face of the character, but he’s also the creator, writing, producing, and directing numerous movies in the Rocky franchise.

The Rocky franchise shifted focus in 2015 with Creed, with Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed – the illegitimate son of the late Apollo Creed – taking center stage as the franchise’s new protagonist. Both Creed and Creed 2 heavily featured Rocky as a supporting character, as the former champion became Adonis’ trainer. However, Stallone has publicly announced that he will not be returning for Creed III, indicating that the franchise will begin to distance itself from its roots.

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Stallone’s reasoning for not appearing as Balboa is actually sound, and though it may seem disappointing, it’s actually an encouraging sign for the franchise’s future. Stallone says [via Metro] that he “didn’t know if there was a part for [him],” adding that “it takes it in a different direction.” Stallone’s comments hint that the decision was a mutual one: that he “bow[ed] out” because he didn’t believe Rocky fit within the film’s story. This shows that though the movies of the Creed franchise have already honored Rocky’s legacy, the character isn’t being treated as a necessity for their success. This will ultimately allow Creed III (and future sequels) to move out from Rocky’s shadow – seemingly with Stallone’s blessing, no less.

Both Stallone And Creed 3’s Writers Know That Rocky Is Finished

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Creed 2

Stallone’s comments confirm that both the actor and Creed’s writers understand a fundamental truth about the character: he can’t be around forever. By admitting that he didn’t feel there was a natural way to work Rocky into Creed III’s story, Stallone proves that he understands the direction the franchise is heading: away from Rocky Balboa. The idea that the character is finished is hardly shocking, as Creed II honored the Rocky movies perfectly, subtly wrapping up the last of the loose ends from Balboa’s story.

Stallone confirming that Rocky will not appear in Creed III but that he wishes the franchise well for the future is actually something of a relief. If Rocky’s story was dragged out any further, it may begin to undermine the character’s happy ending. Creed II sees him reconcile with his son and meet his grandson, which is a quietly poetic way to wrap up the fighter’s story. Having faced his greatest regret – Apollo Creed’s death, for which he felt responsible – Rocky Balboa is free to enjoy a peaceful retirement with his surviving family.

It’s actually important that Creed III doesn’t need Rocky, because it shows that the franchise can survive beyond Stallone’s own career. As Rocky has actor as a mentor to Adonis Creed, the spirit of the Rocky movies is alive and well, and the torch has seemingly been passed. Stallone confirming this with his comments about Creed III is proof that the Rocky franchise is in safe hands for the future.

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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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