Sylvester Stallone And Dolph Lundgren Revisit Rocky IV Fight | Creed II Featurette
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After reclaiming the boxing championship title, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) plans to retire and live with his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire).
However, during an exhibition match, Rocky’s friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is mercilessly beaten to death by hulking Russian newcomer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Rocky vows payback against Drago and flies to Russia to train for a Christmas Day fight. Despite their different training methods, Rocky and Drago both wage a long and intense match.
Stallon rewatched Rocky IV in the behind-the-scenes clip and was asked how he felt after watching it now. “I feel foolish, my god, the ship sailed, the circus left town.” He went on to say, “That’s why this is a mixed bag of emotions right now, it makes me very angry, gratified, but also angry that I didn’t see it at the time. If I only knew then what I know now.”
When Rocky IV was released in 1985, the film became the highest-grossing of all the Rocky films, as well as the highest-grossing sports drama in cinema for nearly a quarter-century.
It also starred Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Michael Pataki, Robert Doornick, Talia Shire, Stu Nahan, and Tony Burton. Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff produced the feature, with Arthur Chobanian and James D. Brubaker serving as EPs.