Have movie fans finally seen the end of "The Italian Stallion"?
Last week, Sylvester Stallone, star of "Creed II," announced that he had finished playing his iconic character Rocky Balboa.
"I just want to thank everyone in the world who has taken the Rocky family in their hearts for more than 40 years," Stallone wrote on Instagram as part of a video in which he shared the same feelings. "It's my ultimate privilege to be able to create and play this character that makes sense. Although it breaks my heart, unfortunately everything has to pass … and end. will ROCKY never die, because he lives in you … "
Stallone's comments follow the release of the second film in the Creed series, a derivative of the six-part Rocky saga.
In the new films, Stallone, as Balboa, leads the son of his friend Apollo Creed, who became a fallen enemy. The sequel to the critically acclaimed 2015 film grossed $ 55 million over the five-day holiday weekend, coming in second after "Ralph Breaks the Internet," reported Variety.
If Stallone has finished playing Rocky, he has not finished resurrecting all his old characters.
A new film "Rambo" – the fifth in this series of action movies – is in production and Stallone will reprise his character of John Rambo.