After appearing in six movies, all written by and starring Stallone, Rocky Balboa is set to make a seventh film appearance in the latest spin-off movie, 'Creed'.
Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he plans to reprise his iconic character, ROCKY BALBOA, for the spin-off film, 'Creed'. The movie focuses on the grandson of Rocky's famous friend and opponent, Apollo Creed, with 67-year-old Stallone revealing that he will play the courageous boxer as he trains and mentors the young Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan. This is not, however, 'Rocky VII', Stallone reveals.
Stallone, who both wrote and starred in all the six 'Rocky' movies, won three Academy Awards for the first movie. In an interview with Jonathan Ross on 11th January 2014's 'An Evening with Sylvester Stallone' at the London Palladium, he revealed: ''I'm supposed to be doing a film with Ryan Coogler, who did 'Fruitvale Station', called 'Creed'. It's very interesting because people think it would be 'Rocky VII' ... it's not, I have a supporting role. It will be great to take that character, who's actually not well, and pass on his knowledge while he still has time. I think it could be a great movie and a great challenge. It is going to happen.''
According to Stallone, the new movie will depict his character passing on the knowledge he has learnt from his own trainer Mickey Goldmill (played by Burgess Meredith) and "channelling" this character in the new performance. Stallone explained this, after being asked as to whether or not he would ever make a movie about the character of Mickey.
Stallone replied by explaining: ''Believe it or not, in this film 'Creed' I [Rocky] sort of become Mickey Goldmill because as I'm getting older I find myself almost channelling him, if you know what I mean? Some of the things he says, like, 'I'll be an angel on your shoulder', I'm going to be saying it to the next kid, and you realise how much he has gotten into my soul and my DNA.''