American actor Sylvester Stallone announced on Wednesday that he would no longer play Rocky Balboa's role and believes it's time to free up space for the young generation that embodies the new hero of the saga Adonis Johnson.
"Today, when I retired and my story was told, a new world opens to the public with this generation," says the actor in a message sent to Instagram, apparently recorded during the shooting of "Creed II," which was released on November 21 in the United States .
Since 1976, Sylvester Stallone has played eight roles that have made him famous and received several Oscar nominations.
"Even if he breaks my heart, everything is over," he wrote to Instagram. "Rocky will never die because he lives in you," he says to the fans of the saga.
"I was a huge privilege to be able to create and play this important character," said a 72-year-old comic, screenwriter, director and producer.
"I thought Rocky ended in 2006, and that's what I've been doing," he says in this video night in what looks like a wasteland in the presence of Creed II.
"And suddenly this young man appeared and the whole story has changed," he continues, probably pointing to Michael B. Jordan, actor present while shooting a video, even if he stays on the ground.
In the movie "Creed – The Legacy of Rocky Balboa" and "Creed II", young actor Adonis Johnson, the son of boxer Apollo Creed, is the best friend of Rocky Balboa for the wounds of Soviet Ivan Drago during the fight at the top,
After initial rejection, Stallone eventually accepted the proposal of young director Ryan Coogler, who wanted to revive the saga in a much more current form.
Released in 2015, Creed, in which Rocky prepares Adonis for a professional fight, was a worldwide hit with $ 173 million in revenue, according to the Mojo Box Office.
The eighth installment of the "Creed II" saga seems at least as much as it was realized last weekend, the best ever seen in the United States for a movie including Rocky.
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