American actor Sylvester Stallone announced on Wednesday that he will no longer take over the role of Rocky Balboa, believing it's time to make room for the younger generation embroidered by the new saga hero Adonis Johnson.
"Today, when I retreat and tell the story, the new world opens for the public this generation," says the actor in a message posted on Instagram, apparently shot during the Creed II, released on November 21 in the United States.
Since 1976, Sylvester Stallone has played eight roles that he guarded and earned him several nominations for the Oscars.
"Even if we break our heart, everything has an end," he wrote at Instagram. "Rocky will never die because he lives in you," he tells singer fans.
"It was a great privilege for me to create and play this important character," said a 72-year-old comedian, screenwriter, director and producer.
"I thought Roky finished in 2006 and that perfectly fulfilled it," he says in a video at night in what looks like a desert, in the presence of the Creed II team.
"And suddenly this young man appeared and the whole story changed," he continued, probably pointing to actor Michael B. Jordan, who was present during the video recording, even if the field remains.
In the show "Creed – The legacy of Rocky Balboa" and "Creed II", the young actor plays Adonis Johnson, the boxer's son Apollo Creed, the best friend of Rocky Balboa died under the sneaks of Soviet Ivan Drage during the fight at the top.
After the initial rejection, Stallone finally accepted the proposal of young director Ryan Coogler, who wanted to revive the saga in a much more current version.
Released 2015, "Creed", in which Rocky prepares Adonis for professional fight, is a global hit with a revenue of $ 173 million, reads the box office Mojo Box Office.
The eighth emission of the saga, "Creed II", seems to be at least as successful as it achieved last weekend, the best start ever seen in the United States for a film that includes Rocky.
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