Actor and filmmaker Sylvester Stallone has paid tribute to his longtime friend and Rocky co-star Carl Weathers, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 76. By: Dylan Low
In an Instagram video post uploaded on Friday evening, Stallone reminisced his long-term partnership with Weathers, their time together in the Rocky series and their long friendship spanning decades. The American star read the message as he stood in front of a painting showcasing both their series characters, Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed, facing off in the ring.
“Today is an incredibly sad day for me. I’m so torn
up, I can’t even tell you. I’m just trying to hold it in because Carl Weathers
was such an integral part of my life, my success — everything about it, I give
him incredible credit and kudos. Because when he walked into that room and I
saw him for the first time, I saw greatness. But I didn’t realize how great,”
Stallone recollected. “I never could’ve accomplished what we did with Rocky
“He was absolutely brilliant — his voice, his size,
his presence, his athletic ability, but, most importantly, his heart, his soul.
It’s a horrible loss,” Stallone continued. “He was magic. I was so fortunate to
be part of his life. Apollo, keep punching.”
Weathers featured in the first four Rocky film
instalments as Apollo Creed, who continuously fought against Stallone’s Rocky
in the squared circle. Though Creed dies in Rocky IV, Weathers’ legacy
in the franchise has remained even in the sequel series Creed starring
Michael B. Jordan as Creed’s son.
Weathers and Stallone previously reunited at the
2017 Golden Globes, where the duo showcased the final award of the night. “I
can’t believe it’s been 40 years since Rocky, Weathers stated, to which
Stallone replied, “Yeah, and I can’t believe I let you win the fight
considering I wrote the screenplay.”
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