The Rocky films starring Sylvester Stallone remains an iconic series for fans and is still regarded as one of the best underdog stories ever told. The long-running franchise has become a huge part of pop culture for good now. Now it seems Stallone regrets one major aspect of the franchise.
Rocky IV is perhaps the most divisive film in the entire franchise and there is a good reason for that as well. The film featured Apollo, played by Carl Weathers, killed by Russian Ivan Drago.
Stallone recently took to his Instagram and uploaded a video that showed off highlights of the re-editing of the cult classic film. In the highlights, Sly admitted that killing off Apollo Creed was a foolish move on his part.
“If I had to do it all over again, I never would have killed Apollo. It was foolish. I thought I needed that springboard to project the drama.
It’s hard to imagine the film any other way, but Sly said if he’d made different choices “ Rocky V would’ve never happened and Rocky VI maybe never would’ve happened…that way.”
The video also includes footage he had not even seen since 1985. Sly is current re-editing several scenes from the classic film. Stallone also revealed that he has learned a lot from the process of re-editing the film and revisiting it as well.
“I’m a happy man. I really think that we nailed it. We delivered a knockout blow. I finally said what I wanted to say, what I should’ve said 35 years ago.”
The director’s cut edition of Rocky IV will be released on November 11th. Fans new and old are certainly excited at the prospect of watching the film again. We will have to wait and see how it it will be received by a new generation of fans.
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