Actor Michael B. Jordan is apparently ready to step into the ring on the big-screen in the highly-anticipated film, Creed.
During a recent interview with Us Weekly, the Fantastic Four actor had a chance to discuss the hard work that he put into portraying the lead role in the Rocky spin-off film.
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Perhaps a highlight of the discussion was when Jordan focused on the work that he did inside of the gym to bulk up and transform into his skilled boxing character, Adonis Creed.
“It differed from week to week, but some days it would be boxing and weight lifting. Some days it would just be boxing and cardio. I worked out two to three times a day. I ate five to six times a day, every two and a half hours. I drank about a gallon and a half of water every day. Just doing that consistently for about 10 or 11 months, you see a physical change!”
Even though the 28-year-old actor finished filming his scenes for Creed a while ago, he admitted to Us Weekly that he still enjoys boxing as an occasional hobby. According to Michael B. Jordan, boxing offers him “peace of mind sometimes.” The longtime actor also had a particular selection of music that kept him moving and shaking as his gym workout playlist — a relatively short list of three popular rap albums.
“I was listening to three albums on constant repeat: A$AP Rocky’s At. Long. Last A$AP, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and Big Sean’s new album Dark Sky Paradise.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Michael B. Jordan trained for this athletic role for 11 months. In addition to working on building his body for his leading role in Creed, the former Parenthood actor was also apparently filming the superhero film Fantastic Four at the same time.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed focuses on the life and struggles of Adonis Johnson Creed — son of the late boxing star Apollo Creed, who made headlines around the world when he died in the ring of a televised fight.
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To successfully find his own way in the boxing ring on his journey towards victory, Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan) is forced to put his stubbornness (which is apparently genetic) on the back-burner. Doing so places him alongside his late father’s friend and former rival, Rocky Balboa (played by Creed producer Sylvester Stallone.)
The idea of creating a spin-off movie that shines a light on Apollo Creed was actually developed years ago by the Fruitvale Station director while he was still attending film school as a way of connecting with his father.
“My dad was a real big Rocky fan. He was getting older and got sick and I was trying to process it. I tried to get through it with this idea for his hero.”
The report further states that Sylvester Stallone was not a huge fan of the Creed project idea when Ryan first presented it to him — especially since Fruitvale Station had not been released yet. Coogler noted that Stallone was “very apprehensive” since the Rocky Balboa franchise is “such an important thing to him.”
After seeing Michael B. Jordan perform in Fruitvale Station, however, it seems as if Stallone quickly changed his mind. In addition to giving his seal of approval, Stallone joined the project as a producer and as a co-star.
Michael B. Jordan will get a chance to show off his boxing skills in the Creed when the movie is released on November 25 in theaters.
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