Creed 2 actor Sylvester Stallone has bid a final farewell to his most beloved character Rocky Balboa. He took to Instagram to officially announce that his stint as the iconic on-screen boxer is finally over.
“Yo, due to the overwhelming and loving response to this wonderful character, I just want to say one last final farewell,” Stallone wrote on Instagram. “Thank you again the bottom of our hearts.”
The day before Stallone hinted that he is hanging up the boxing gloves in a video on Instagram in which he passed the mantle on to Creed 2 actor, Michael B Jordan, who plays Apollo Creed’s son in the Rocky movie franchise. In the speech, the actor said he was probably never going to play the character again.
“Well, this is probably my last rodeo,” Stallone said.
The 72-year-old actor thanked his fans for their love and support they poured in for Rocky. He said although he is giving up on the character that made him a superstar, it will live forever in the hearts of fans.
“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character,” the actor noted in the caption accompanying the video. “Though it breaks my heart, sadly all things must pass and end. I love you kind and generous people, and the most wonderful thing of all is that Rocky will never die because he lives on in you.”
Stallone first played the iconic boxer Rocky in the 1976 film of the same name which he had also penned. He went to reprise the character in seven sequel films- Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006), Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018). The latest installment of the Rocky franchise, Creed 2, has earned an astonishing $56 million during its opening weekend.
Creed 2 is currently in theaters.
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I am reposting this because there was a technical difficulty. I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ….
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