Stallone Wishes He Didn’t Kill Apollo Creed in Rocky IV
Dramas are certainly not lacking in the film franchise Rocky with each of its accessories . upcoming series with their own depressing moments. Yet, one of the saddest chapters of the film saga appeared Rocky IV when Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) died in the middle of a fight. After appearing in the previous three films, Apollo had made the transition from a full-fledged enemy into a total ally for Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). The character became one of the most beloved characters in the franchise, the death of Apollo was a real shock to viewers. Now, in a birthday message on Instagram addressed to Weathers, Stallone admits that he feels regret for writing the death of the character in the story.
"HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Carl Weathers! Your performances have been extraordinary! Actor, he is the BEST movie boxer of all time! Really amazing, GRACE, POWER, and incredibly fast !!!!! Never to Duplicate! Thank you my friend, never could do it without you !!! I admit that I regret the death of Apollo so fast. He was irreplaceable. "
In the following of 1985, Creed challenges Soviet boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Although reluctant, Rocky agrees to help coach Creed for the fight. During the match, Draco takes over, but Creed pleads with Rocky not to throw the sponge "no matter what happens". Because Rocky honors this claim, Draco beats Apollo Creed to death in the ring, causing him mortal damage with a flurry of punches. To make matters worse, Draco shows no remorse over Creed's death, saying infamously: "If he dies, he dies". A truly heartbreaking moment, the scene sets the stage for the quarrel between Rocky and Drago that culminates at the end of the film.
While Sylvester Stallone may now question the decision to kill Apollo, his creative choice might have been for the better. The presence of the character was not really necessary for Rocky V or Rocky Balboa these sequels having occurred well after the retreat of the Italian stallion. His death also opened the door to the derived film Creed and his suite, which followed the boxing career of Apollo's son, Adonis. Both films have been very well received by critics and have been extremely profitable at the box office, and a third installment is very likely. It would certainly have been interesting to see Weathers involved in the films, but Rocky's role as a trainer in Adonis is probably a better story.
Creed's films will continue in their own franchise, there is no guarantee that Stallone will appear as Rocky. The actor has previously suggested that he has finished portraying the character, he has nothing left to add to the role. Even in this case, a script powerful enough for Creed 3 with a good idea for Rocky could convince Stallone to intervene at least once in the game. With or without Stallone, however, the derivative franchise will likely do business with the new lead actor Michael B. Jordan.
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Creed 3 has not officially started production, but it seems inevitable that another sequel will occur. Even though Apollo died several decades ago, the legacy of his character will continue to live thanks to his son's feats in the ring. Stallone might regret having killed Apollo, but he should be happy to know where the franchise has been able to follow the story since. You can view the Instagram post below from Sylvetser Stallone.