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Michael B. Jordan Reveals Secret To Rocky & Creed’s Training Montages

Michael B. Jordan, who makes his directorial debut with Creed 3, reveals the secrets he learned about Rocky and Creed’s training montages.


Michael B. Jordan reveals the secrets to rocky and Beliefs‘s training montages. The Rocky franchise began in 1976 with the movie of the same name, which starred Sylvester Stallone as the titular Philadelphia club fighter who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the world heavyweight title held by Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The original rocky film, which won Best Picture, was followed by five sequels, most of which were directed by Stallone. They were received with mixed reviews.

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After lying dormant for nearly a decade after 2006 Rocky Balboadirector Ryan Coogler came over to revive the franchise with Beliefs, a sequel that shifted focus to Jordan’s Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed, with Rocky returning in a mentor role. Jordan and Stallone both returned for Creed 2, in which Steven Caple Jr. took over as director. Stallone’s Rocky will not return for Creed 3, as he has now passed the torch to Jordan; he follows in Stallone’s footsteps by directing Creed 3 next to the main role.

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During a recent interview with Collider for the release of the Creed 3 trailer discusses Jordan’s directorial debut. The Creed 3 Helmer and Star shares what he’s learned about the art of training editing now that he’s directed some of them. Read what he shares below:

Get everything you can – every push-up and every speedbag moment. No. When it comes to editing, it’s all about, what’s at stake? Did your character leave the montage better than he was when he first started? I think that’s a good one to stick to.

Will Creed 3 get another iconic training montage?

The rocky franchise is one known for its iconic training montages. The first film features the franchise’s quintessential training montage as Rocky races through the streets and climbs the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, all primed for the iconic “Gonna Fly Now” theme song. The sequels also feature some solid montages, of Apollo training Rocky in Rocky 3 to the old man montage of Rocky Balboa. Beliefs absolutely followed rocky‘s footsteps and supplied the training montages. The first movie recreates the magic of the original rocky while Creed 2 sees Adonis training in the desert.

While Jordan moves behind the camera Creed 3 in addition to starring, there’s a lot of extra pressure on him as a director to deliver an exciting training montage. Based on his comments, it sounds like Jordan has given some serious thought to what would be a good run. In the threequel, Adonis takes on perhaps his most formidable boxing opponent yet in Jonathan Majors’ Damian Anderson. To defeat him, Adonis may have to undergo excruciating training, perhaps unlike the… rocky franchise has ever seen. But to deliver something truly iconic, the third Beliefs film may have to reinvent training montage from scratch.

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Source: Collider

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