CityPress - - Front Page - RHODÉ MAR­SHALL rhode.mar­[email protected]­ See #Trend­ing for a re­view of Creed II

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

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