Lit­tle Duke

Empire (UK) - - REVIEW -

one Rocky stal­wart who doesn’t ap­pear in the movie is duke, trainer of first Apollo Creed and then rocky. Al­though the char­ac­ter was in early drafts of the script, ac­tor tony Bur­ton had health prob­lems that pre­vented him be­ing able to travel; sadly, he died ear­lier this year. direc­tor ryan Coogler fash­ioned a so­lu­tion by cast­ing Wood Har­ris as ‘Lit­tle duke’, duke’s son. “It’s a real easter egg, but Wood grew his mous­tache out and even spoke like tony Bur­ton,” says Coogler. “And when he loses his tem­per with don­nie (John­son), it’s a fam­ily af­fair.”

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