2018’s Creed II brought the highly anticipated fight between Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago. The film also features the return of Dolph Lundgren to the franchise. With any movie, certain scenes get tossed on the cutting room floor. One specific deleted scene left Sylvester Stallone upset.
Let Them Fight
At the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, Lundgren discussed his recent appearance in Creed II. During the discussion, he talked about a deleted scene featuring Rocky and Ivan Drago in a street fight. “For some reason, they took it out. I haven’t seen it cut together — I think it’s on the DVD or something. But Stallone was really upset, he wanted it in there. But I guess it broke the flow of the picture somehow, so there you go. Maybe next time,” he said at the convention.
Shooting that scene had some tense moments. Stallone’s schedule was stacked that day as both an actor and producer. When it was time for the fight scene, he didn’t have any cheerful vibes. “I could see people clearing out. I was like, ‘This is not going to be good, I gotta get in a fight with this guy now?’ He’s also producing the movie, he’s my boss, all of that. It worked out fine, we both enjoyed it. But I think the director decided he didn’t want the fight in there,” Lundgren also said at the convention.
On Instagram, Stallone shared some rehearsal footage of the fight between Rocky and Ivan. “It took place in the hospital just after Adonis had been terribly beaten by Drago’s son… Adonis is in much pain and tells me to leave … Drago And the promoter show up with film crew! They were planning on going upstairs to harass the beaten fighter but ROCKY stops them !!! It would’ve been extraordinary!, But regretfully it was cut … Pity,” Stallone said.
Great To Be Back
Returning to the Rocky franchise was a challenge for Lundgren. Fortunately, Stallone made it easy for him. “That was something Stallone suggested to me about a year ago. I wasn’t sure since it’s been about 30 years. I wanted Ivan Drago to live in the past, but it turned out that the script for Creed 2 was really good. All I can tell you is Ivan is back. The Russians come back over for a challenge,” Lundgren told Review Journal.
Following Rocky IV, Lundgren starred in a slew of action films, including Masters of the Universe and Johnny Mnemonic. In 2010, he reunited with Stallone for The Expendables franchise. Shortly after Creed II’s release, Lundgren appeared in Aquaman as King Nereus.
Gonna Fly Now
The Rocky franchise will keep going with another spin-off movie, Creed III, and a prequel TV series. The new spin-off will have Rocky training an undocumented immigrant as a fighter. “Rocky meets a young, angry person who got stuck in this country when he comes to see his sister. He takes him into his life, and unbelievable adventures begin, and they wind up south of the border. It’s very, very timely,” Stallone told Variety. The prequel TV series will follow Rocky in his early days.
Longtime Rocky producer Irwin Winkler wants to give the director’s chair to Michael B. Jordan for Creed III. “Last year in a conversation with our Creed star Michael B. Jordan, I offered him the opportunity to not only star in, but also to direct Creed III,” Winkler wrote in A Life in Movies: Stories From 50 Years in Hollywood. Winkler offered Stallone the same deal, which led to the star directing Rocky II. Jordan has an executive producer credit for Creed II. The actor is producing and starring in the forthcoming film Without Remorse.
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