Last Rodeo: Sylvester Stallone officially retires his character Rocky Balboa

Bessie Dean
December 1, 2018

In a video he shared on Instagram Wednesday, the 72-year-old actor said he was ready to walk away from playing the iconic character, referring to his latest appearance in the recently released Creed II as his "last rodeo".

Stallone, who co-wrote Creed II and almost directed it before the job went to Steven Caple Jr., declared his unofficial retirement from the franchise in an Instagram post published Thursday, calling the Creed sequel "probably my last rodeo" as the former champion fighter.

In the video, Stallone says, "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, and then all of the sudden [motioning off-screen to Michael B. Jordan] this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. He then hugged Jordan and told him, "Now YOU have to carry the mantle". "Keep punching, I love you, and Rocky loves you". There's been no official response from Warner Bros. on this (a third Creed film has yet to be announced), but a key player in the franchise isn't a believer in Stallone's seeming decision to hang up his gloves.

Stallone has played the character, which he created, since the first "Rocky" film in 1976. Thank you very much, [Creed II director] Steven [Caple Jr.], and definitely you, Michael, for making that possible.

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As for what that means for the Creed franchise, we will see. In a new Instagram post, the actor suggests that Rocky Balboa - who retired from the ring in 2006's Rocky Balboa - is leaving boxing behind for good. Rocky's story captured a little bit of the inspiration and spark at the center of the American dream - and people love both the character and these films for that.

Even though Creed II (in terms of quality and excitement) doesn't manage to eclipse multiple films in the Rocky franchise, the film's still a box-office smash and a terrifically fun entry.

"I got you, bro", Jordan tells his co-star, who plays his trainer in the "Creed" movies.

In Rocky IV, the elder Drago famously battered Creed's father Apollo (Carl Weathers) to the point that he died in Rocky's arms.

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