The Creed franchise may be saying goodbye to a beloved character.

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Rocky Balboa, a character created and portrayed by Sylvester Stallone in the original movie was released in 1976, is hanging up his gloves.

“Well, this is probably my last rodeo because… I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that, and then all of the sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures. And I couldn’t be happier, because as I step back, as my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s gonna be opening up, for the audience, for this generation.”

In the post’s caption, Stallone wrote: “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…”.

Stallone has portrayed Rocky in eight movies: Rocky I, II, III, IV and V, Rocky Balboa, and Creed I and II, receiving Academy Award nominations for best actor and best supporting actor in the Procedure.

Fans had different reactions to the news from Sylvester Stallone.   Some saying Rocky Balboa will be back and others thinking this is a good ending for the character.

In addition, he wrote or co-wrote each Rocky film with the exception of Creed, which was written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington, and directed four of the entries himself.

Though Rocky is possibly Stallone’s most famous role, he is also famous for acting in the Rambo series, The Expendables series,Demolition Man and a whole lot more.

It’s well worth noting that Stallone left a little leeway in saying it’s likely his final rodeo as Rocky, although the remainder of his writing and speech appears to be more concrete.

 

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