Michael B. Jordan believed Sylvester Stallone would make a cameo in the upcoming Creed III but his pal wanted nothing to do with production due to his feud with the Rocky producer, RadarOnline.com has reported.
Sources close to production noted that Jordan, who is both the star and director of the latest film in the franchise, “held out hope” that Stallone would agree to a small part.
However, an insider told Puck News does not appear in the film due to him making “good on this threat to boycott over what he said were creative choices he disagreed with.”
It was back in November, Stallone told The Hollywood Reporter that he would not be returning for Creed III. He called the situation “regretful” and claimed he had issues with the direction the franchise was taking.
“That’s a regretful situation because I know what it could have been. It was taken in a direction that is quite different than I would’ve taken it,” Stallone said. “It’s a different philosophy – Irwin Winkler’s and Michael B. Jordan’s. I wish them well, but I’m much more of a sentimentalist. I like my heroes getting beat up, but I just don’t want them going into that dark space. I just feel people have enough darkness.”
Stallone has been in a tumultuous relationship with producer Irwin Winkler for years. The actor said he sold the rights to Rocky to Winkler in 1976 for $100 when he badly needed money. Stallone said he has “zero” ownership in Rocky despite helping create the character, which upsets him.
He said, “I wrote it. I thought it would be nice to say, ‘Here’s the gesture darling here. Beautiful children, beautiful wife. When I’m long gone, this is you. This is what I made for you.’”