Creed II RIPS
UP THE BIG SCREEN ... AND MICHAEL B JORDAN TALKS TO US TOO
Hollywood heart-throb and one of the world’s most popular and recognisable actors, Michael B Jordan, has been one of many stars roaming our streets of late.
Jordan was in the country this past week to promote his latest film, Creed II, which pays homage to the Rocky franchise.
“I was 14 years old when I saw my first Rocky movie, which was Rocky IV, and I then went back to watch Rocky I and II, and the rest of them,” Jordan told City Press at the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst this week.
Jordan’s popularity skyrocketed this year when audiences met his character Erik Killmonger, the fictional supervillain in Black Panther.
“Black Panther set the bar pretty high for me, not just as an actor but as a person. With the amount of attention and love I get, it took me to another level,” he says.
“As an actor you just want to continue to play characters that really resonate with people and make an impact, and can stand the test of time. I want to play characters that last forever, that people will talk about years from now and that make them think and feel things.”
The sequel to Ryan Coogler’s Creed earned $35.293 million (R481 million) in its opening weekend – the biggest debut for a live-action release over America’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and the largest for a nonDisney release on this familyfriendly holiday. It also makes Creed II the biggest debut for a sports and a boxing drama, outstripping even the Rocky films.
Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, is back on the side of the ring with a determined Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) who’s on a mission to defend his championship against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), whose father, Ivan (Dolph Lundgren), beat Adonis’ father, Apollo, in the match that killed him in the 1985 film Rocky IV.
“This movie is my baby,” says Jordan, who returns as a producer on the film. “As a film maker, you have to pay attention to everything ... With the Dragos you don’t have a clear villain who you just want to hate. We wanted to humanise them as well,” he says.
Asked what was important to his character in the sequel, Jordan says: “The Mustang ... for him to get his Mustang back. I think it was cool to close that circle where in the first film he lost his car to Wheeler.
“I also really wanted for him to have a daughter and break that cycle of fathers and sons. I thought it would be cool to see how Adonis would respond to having a daughter.”
Asked about his meteoric rise to fame in the past few months, Jordan says he still finds it overwhelming. “Everything I wanted and was working towards all started happening at one time, so it was overwhelming but humbling. I’ve just been doing it one step at a time. I’ve been enjoying it.”
RIPPLES OF MUSCLE Michael B Jordan plays the indomitable Adonis Creed
LOVE WILL BEAT THEM ALL A scene from the movie