While wishing Carl Weathers a happy birthday, Sylvester Stallone has said that he regrets killing the character of Apollo Creed in Rocky IV.
Carl Weathers’ performance in the Rocky movies is certainly iconic, playing an integral part of those films’ continued success and resonance with generations of fans over the years. The character’s death in Rocky IV at the hands of Drago is, as a result, an incredibly moving turn of events.
Sylvester Stallone, the star and driving force behind the Rocky franchise, took to his Instagram page to wish Carl Weathers a happy birthday, praising his performance in the films, and also stating that he regrets killing him off when he did:
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carl Weathers! Your performances were amazing! … Besides being a great actor he is the BEST cinema boxer of ALL TIME ! Truly amazing , GRACE , POWER , and UNBELIEVABLY FAST!!!!! Never ever to be duplicated! Thank you my friend, never could have done it without you!!! ….. I have to admit I regret having Apollo passing away so soon. He was Irreplaceable…”
Do you share Stallone’s regret regarding the timing of Apollo’s passing? Or do you think it was the right time for the character to fall? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @FlickeringMyth…