Sylvester Stallone Retires From Iconic ‘Rocky Balboa’ Role

    The second instalment to the hit sports drama film, Creed, could be the swan song for one of its biggest and most important stars, Sylvester Stallone. 

    After giving life to the role of Rocky Balboa in eight films for more than 40 years, the veteran actor has announced his retirement from his iconic character and said that the spinoff film, Creed II, could probably be his “last rodeo.”

    End Of An Era

    Coming off a successful opening weekend for the spinoff movie, Creed II, the 72-year old actor announced in a social media post that he is hanging up his gloves after more than 40 years of portraying the role of the Philly fighter.

    Stallone has done six films in the titular series and two spin-off films as the tragic boxer. The first movie earned him two nominations in the Golden Globes and Academy Awards while his performance in the first Creed movie gave him his first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.  On Wednesday, the legendary actor posted a video on Instagram, talking about his future with the series.

    “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.”

    Passing of Torch

    As he quits his iconic role, Stallone believes that rising star, Michael B. Jordan, should be the next torch-bearer of the series. Rocky has passed the responsibility to the 31-year old actor in continuing the legacy of the most successful boxing franchise of all-time.

    “Well, this is probably my last rodeo because, what I thought happened and has happened, I never expected. I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed,’ Sly said. ‘It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures.’

    “And I couldn’t be happier as I step back because my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up with the audience, with this generation. Now you, have to carry the mantle.”

    The sequel to Ryan Coogler’s Creed, where Stallone played the mentor of Adonis Creed, punched its way to a $35-million opening weekend at the box office, the highest grossing debut in the Rocky series.

    (Featured Image Source: Instagram/Sylvester Stallone)

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