A new version of Rocky iv It should arrive this November 11 to different digital platforms. This revival, which includes the director’s version, has served to find out the opinion of its protagonist Sylvester Stallone on a series of events that surrounded the original premiere of 1985.
In the documentary that accompanies the new version, the actor, who was also the scriptwriter of the film, acknowledged feeling sorry for “having killed” the character of Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers.
It is worth remembering that Apollo passes away during an exhibition fight against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgreen), in fact, the boxer dies in the arms of Rocky, who then takes revenge for the departure of his partner and friend.
However, several decades after Rocky IV, Stallone seems to be unhappy with the decision he made on a narrative level.
According to the actor and director, it would have been more effective for the story for Drago to seriously injure Apollo and for him to assume the role of Mickey.
“It was silly. I thought I needed that kind of springboard to project the drama forward at powerful speed. If Apollo had survived we would have seen a different side of Apollo, ”he explains in the documentary.
“He could have opened up to all these other things that we didn’t even know about, because now he would be in a wheelchair. And he would have been kind of a father figure, mentor, bro. It would have been really cool. “
In any case, the interpreter recognizes that this decision could have drastically changed the future of the franchise, which would have made it impossible to launch other films such as Rocky v or Rocky Balboa.