With the passing of Muhammad Ali on June 3 at the age of 74, the world lost one of the greatest athletes and cultural figures of modern times. As just a sidenote to his extraordinary life, he also happened to be the inspiration for one of America’s most hallowed underdog sports movies, which was based in part on one of his bouts.
Sylvester Stallone in the original ‘Rocky’ (Everett) By Carrie Rickey In 1986, when I told my nephew that I was moving to Philadelphia, the L.A. high-school junior asked, “Is that near Boston?” “It’s between New York and D.C.,” I replied. I wondered then — and I still do now, as the Italian Stallion passes the boxing gloves to the son of his onetime rival Apollo Creed in director Ryan Coogler’s new drama Creed that’s hitting theaters on Thanksgiving. From The Philadelphia Story to Trading Places, the Philly story onscreen has mostly been about blue bloods and blue collars initially at odds, but ultimately finding common cause. “Stallone made the Horatio Alger story, tarnished and suspect during Vietnam, credible again,” film historian Jeanine Basinger told me in 2001.
In fact, as Michael B. Jordan told Yahoo Movies in the video above, he requested that the caterers brought cheesesteaks to the set after he finished all of his boxing scenes, so the actor could pig out. In fact, that was the controversial preference offered up by nearly everyone that Yahoo spoke to from the film, including director Ryan Coogler. Tessa Thompson, who co-stars in the film, is also on the chicken bandwagon — but even more controversially, doesn’t like ketchup.
The latest trailer for Creed, a new sequel/spinoff of the Rocky franchise by Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler, offers some details about its characters, and a gut-punch to fans of the long-running boxing franchise. Creed is meant to function as a generational torch-passing: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), the underdog boxer at the center of six films, becomes the mentor of a fresh-faced young fighter named Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), who just so happens to be the son of Rock’s old pal/rival Apollo.
Michael B. Jordan is putting on the gloves for the upcoming 'Rocky' spinoff 'Creed,' and as you can see in the first trailer.