“Creed II” hits theaters on Nov. 21 and in a recent interview, lead actor, Michael B. Jordan revealed that his faith keeps him going when life knocks him down.
Last weekend, CP was invited to sit down with the cast of “Creed II” back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the movie was filmed.
The new installment once again brings the story of beloved fictional boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and his mentee Adonis Creed (Jordan) to the big screen. Like Stallone, Jordan grew up attending church and says he still draws on his spiritually when life knocks him down.
Throughout the film, his character, Creed, refuses to stay down despite taking a beating both in and out of the ring. When asked what helps him rise again, Jordan first credited his family, then his faith.
“I have a really strong support system around me, family, friends that are like family,” Jordan told The Christian Post.
“I meditate a lot, spirituality is as big with me. It’s a big deal. It’s kind of what keeps me centered a lot of the times, so that’s definitely an aspect of my life that helps me push through certain hard times.”
Jordan has said in the past that he grew up in church and has always believed in God. Ultimately, the actor said his determination helps him to never give up.
“In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo’s son and current champ Adonis Creed accepts a challenge from Drago’s son — another dangerous fighter. Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life,” the synopsis of “Creed II” reads.
“Creed II” is filled with Rocky quotes, in keeping with all the heartfelt statements always shared throughout the Rocky franchise. Jordan called these sayings “Rockyisms” and went on to share which one impacted him the most.
“‘It’s not how hard you get hit, its how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’ That’s always a quote that I really liked from our films,” the young movie star shared.
He added, “It’s how much can you take, how much can you endure, how long can you last until you get to where you need to get to? A lot of people quit right before things are about to open up for them. They’re right there, right on the brink of getting everything you want and then they end up just stopping, just short of it. Not knowing if they would have took a couple more steps forward they would have gotten everything they wanted. So that’s something that always resonates with me.”
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Source: Christian Post