‘Creed’ star Sylvester Stallone is still the center of the series for some fans

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As Rocky IV turns 30, here are 4 things you never knew about the film.

“CREED”: Sylvester Stallone returns to the role of Rocky Balboa in a story that finds the former world heavyweight champ serving as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. That’s what the 29-year-old director of Fruitvale Station talked about to persuade Sylvester Stallone to allow him to make Creed, the seventh film in the franchise, now playing. “I was just always honest with (Stallone) and let him know what the movies meant to me,” said Coogler during a recent interview in Toronto — fittingly held in a Yonge St. boxing gym — along with Creed’s stars Michael B. The movie is an overwrought Reagan-era allegory for the capitalist-communist conflict that dominated world politics for the better part of four decades.

And almost 40 years later it looks like Sylvester Stallone could find himself in a similar position following reports the veteran action star has been tipped for an Academy Award for his potrayal of the famous fictional boxer in the latest installment of the franchise, Creed. The 69-year-old actor has been surrounded by Oscar buzz for his performance, which sees him play the trainer of Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and sensuality. “THE GOOD DINOSAUR”: Animated Disney/Pixar outing about a dino named Arlo and his unlikely human friend. He hits it out of the park, and if there’s a vote, I’ll be voting for him,’ producer Charles Winkler told Variety regarding the rumours. ‘The talk has happened without us having to boost it at all, and deservedly so.

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Accompanied by Sophia, 19, Sistine, 17, and 13-year-old Scarlet accompanied their dad to the Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, the star could not have looked prouder flanked by his girls. As noted by Philly.com, before the making of Rocky IV, International Robotics founder Robert Doornick had appeared on a talk show to discuss his work with children and Sico. Sylvester certainly dressed the part for the occasion in a sharp navy suit and crisp white button down shirt at the event, where he was also joined by co-stars Michael and Tessa Thompson. There’s a scene where Rocky, who has health issues, explains his feelings about what’s left of his life and his career to Johnson that is arguable the most dramatic of Stallone’s career. “Creed” ends with a finale fight between Johnson (don’t call him “Baby Creed”) and an undefeated Scottish fighter in Europe, and yes, the “Rocky” theme, composed by Bill Conti, ushers us into the big brawl. “Creed” has plenty of the original Rocky color and feel. It was an intensely personal project for Coogler, who said the Rocky movies helped his father deal with his own mother’s breast cancer when he was young.

He later used the dramas to motivate Coogler in high school and college. “Whenever I’d have a big football game or a big test at school, he’d say, ‘Hey man take 10 minutes, we’ll watch this scene from Rocky.’” Coogler recalled. “He’d get fired up … this’ll give you the juice! First, after killing Apollo Creed: “If he dies, he dies.” Second, before going 15 rounds with Rocky: “I must break you.” Thus comprises nearly 20 percent of every word Dolph Lundgren utters in his starring, non-Bond debut. She describes Stallone as “an awesomely eccentric, fantastic dude.” Thompson observes Rocky audiences remain loyal because “they give us a sort of perspective of what’s possible with self determination, perseverance.

He helped the actor avoid the kind of slip-ups that make moviegoers cringe, learning not to “oversell a punch, not taking the punch too soon, taking a long time, especially when you do slo-mo shots. Coogler said his most difficult day on set was shooting an emotional scene involving Jordan and Stallone and the famous “Rocky steps” leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only that, Rocky IV remained the highest-grossing sports movie, outlasting Field of Dreams, Major League, and White Men Can’t Jump — for nearly 15 years. Despite not ending the Cold War, The Waterboy with Adam Sandler finally took the box-office belt from Rocky IV, though the fourquel remains the No. 3 biggest sports movie of the last 40 years when adjusted for inflation.

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