Stallone Remembers His Rocky Co-actor Carl Weathers, Says- “He was Incredible”

Carl Weathers, who starred in the first four Rocky movies as Apollo Creed, and went on to do many significant roles in his career, died this February. He was born on Jan 14, 1948, in New Orleans. He did more than 75 movies and TV shows in his 50 year screen career. Besides action, he also showed comedy chops on Arrested Development.

When Sylvester Stallone came to The Tonight Show, he remembered Carl Weathers and spoke about his incredible talent and spirit. Rocky was one of the greatest movies in Sylvester’s career. Before Rocky happened, he was a struggling actor and was barely making ends meet. Rocky changed that for him and it was because of the incredible script that saw the light of the day.

Speaking on Carl Weathers on the show, Sylvester said, “He was magnificent. Rocky was a compilation of great actors almost born to play those parts. I couldn’t fill that part because it required incredible athleticism, brains, spirit, talent, and speed. He had it all.”

He also added, “He banged about three shots off my forehead and went… Hired. I couldn’t have done it without him. He’s magnificent.”

In 2015, Carl Weathers shared an interesting story about how he got the role of Apollo Creed in Rocky. He criticized Stallone’s acting, which led to him getting the role. He told THR, “We read through the scene and at the end of it, I didn’t feel like it had really sailed, that the scene had sailed, and they were quiet and there was this moment of awkwardness, I felt, anyway,”

Rocky was nominated in 10 categories at the Oscars in 1977 and went on to win Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing.

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