‘Creed II’ Director Calls Rocky Balboa a ‘Spiritual Teacher’; Actors Call It a Redemption Story

“Creed II” hits theaters on Nov. 21, once again bringing the story of beloved fictional boxer Rocky Balboa and his mentee Adonis Creed to the big screen. In a recent interview, the director and actors of the film shared with The Christian Post the film’s spiritual and redeeming qualities.

Last weekend, CP was invited to sit down with the director and cast of “Creed II” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the movie was filmed. While there, director Steven Caple Jr. celebrated the fact the the original Rocky franchise was inspired by Jesus Christ and said with this new film, he hoped to capture the same heart.

“I think for us, just keeping that heart still treading along, I think that’s what makes the Rocky and Creed franchise, is that, you have the elements that are very much family, fatherhood, hope, which is a big thing for us. So coming into the franchise I just wanted to make sure it was alive, I didn’t want to lose that. I didn’t want to break into anything too commercial. I still want you to feel determined afterward and inspired,” Caple told CP.

The young filmmaker pegged Rocky’s character as Creed’s “spiritual teacher” for the new installment.

“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.

Caple said the movie follows several themes and is an ensemble piece at the core of it.

“I think for me, I wanted people to feel for everybody in the ring and everyone outside of the ring. I didn’t want it to be just a  – straight guy versus villain, David and Goliath type of story,” the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 inductee continued. “I wanted to go deeper than that, so people can look at it more than just a fight film.”

Caple added, “We wanted to portray real life outside of the ring, and stuff will get in the way of your dreams, of your goals and the things of your life will alter. So to keep that faith up and to keep your head up, I think was important because [if not] you will miss what’s in front of you.”


Two of the lead actors in the film, Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu, shared that despite their roles as the film’s villains, they were both greatly impacted by the emotion that went into their father/son on-screen relationship.

“A lot of people know my character [Ivan Drago] and now I get to sort of show the full range of this guy, who he is, who he was, and what happened to him and to some extent, what happened to me [personally] because I’ve had a tough life too,” Lundgren explained to CP.

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Source: Christian Post