Could Sylvester Stallone be throwing in the towel as portraying Rocky Balboa? Dolph Lundgren, the actor who played his greatest foe, Ivan Drago, doesn’t buy it.
Stallone posted a video on Instagram Wednesday teasing that his time playing Rocky could be coming to an end as he steps aside for Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. But Lundgren responded to that video early Thursday and expressed his doubts.
“I’ve heard that before,” Lundgren told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid on “Good Morning Britain” (via Digital Spy). “I don’t really believe it, but we’ll see.”
Florian Munteanu, the actor who plays Drago’s son, Victor Drago, in “Creed II,” also wasn’t sure about Stallone’s proclamation, guessing that he still might make cameos as Rocky in future installments.
“I don’t think so either, but maybe not the big way that he turned out in the Rocky and the Creed franchise,” Munteanu said. “I think, like, a smaller role maybe. We’ll see.”
“Creed II” stars Stallone as he trains Jordan’s Adonis Creed, now a boxing champion, to take on Victor Drago, whose father Ivan Drago killed Creed’s father, Apollo Creed, in the ring in “Rocky IV.”
Stallone wrote in an Instagram post, along with a video shot from a beach with the cast and crew of “Creed II,” that “all things must pass…and end.”
“This is probably my last rodeo,” Stallone said. “As I step back, as my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up for the audience, for this generation.”
“I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that,” he added. “And then all of a sudden this young man (Jordan) presented himself, and the whole story changed. It goes on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures.”
“Creed II” is in theaters now. Watch Stallone’s Instagram video below:
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I am reposting this because there was a technical difficulty. I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ….