Tuesday 24 April 2018

Knockout! My daughters actually like this movie, says Creed star Stallone

Sylvester Stallone at the European premiere of Creed in Leicester Square, London
Sylvester Stallone at the European premiere of Creed in Leicester Square, London

Creed star Sylvester Stallone said he has finally made a film his daughters like.

In the movie, Michael B Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, a young man who never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.

But boxing appears to run in the family, as Stallone's Rocky Balboa discovers.

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Stallone, 69, reflected on his recent win at the Golden Globes awards.

He was named best supporting actor for his portrayal of the famed boxer in director Ryan Coogler's movie and hailed his accolade as "fantastic".

"You have a few crossroads in your life and you say this happened and Rocky happened, but to have the kids there, the wife there.

"The audience was packed with the most talented human beings in Hollywood and I thought I was coming in from a different area in the action world and usually those two worlds don't meet ever."

He added: "The fact that I was reintroduced into this mainstream, it was fantastic.

"And to have my daughters there ... Because they hate my movies. They go, 'Rambo, ew! Does he ever take a shower? Does he have to stab everyone? He has issues, he has seriously social issues!'.

"And then all of a sudden with Creed ... Creed has the most extraordinary music in it, coupled with Michael's youthful enthusiasm, the director's style, they went, 'Finally you've made a decent film!'."

The two Creed men talked about working together on the acclaimed film and shared their views about a possible sequel.

"We're hoping that it will be because (Creed's) journey is just beginning, his life is just starting, he has this love affair in the movie and that's just blossoming so yes, I would hope so yes," said the Golden Globe winner.

The veteran star is not called on to do as much ringside action for Creed compared with previous Rocky movies, but he is not complaining. "I get off easy," he told host Ross.

On a different subject, Stallone opened up about auditioning for the part of Han Solo in the original 1977 Star Wars movie.

"First of all, you don't see Italians in space," he said to laughter.

"I went in and I knew I was wrong and George Lucas is sitting there and you know when you walk in instantly that this is not going to go well."

Revealing more of the story, he told Ross: "Eventually I said, 'I'll make it simple, I look terrible in leotards, I get it'. And he goes, 'Thank you'. And then of course Harrison Ford, I can't believe he got it. Wow."

Jordan revealed TV tough-man Bear Grylls is a childhood hero.

"I went on the show Running Wild with Bear Grylls and we went to Wales and I ate boiled worms, which was not as good as it sounds," he said.

"I jumped out of a helicopter into the sea and that was probably the sink or swim kind of moment!"

When Ross asked Stallone if he would ever consider doing the programme, the Rambo star was unequivocal in his response.

"Never. Tell him to call Arnold (Schwarzenegger)," he said.

The Creed stars were also joined on the sofa by Sir Michael Caine and Sue Perkins from The Great British Bake Off.

:: The Jonathan Ross Show is broadcast on January 16 at 9.20pm on ITV

Press Association

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