Michael B. Jordan Took Real Punches While Filming Fight Scenes for ‘Creed’ (Video)
One of the most pleasant surprises at the movies this year has been Creed, the Rocky spinoff about Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son, Adonis. (If you don’t know who Apollo Creed is, go watch Rocky I-IV right now.) The last few instalments of the Rocky franchise were pretty stale, but director Ryan Coogler managed to make this one fresh and relevant, while star Michael B. Jordan was able to make audiences root for him the way they rooted for Sylvester Stallone back in the day.
How did Michael B. Jordan pull this off? With total, 100% commitment to the role. Even when that meant taking real knockout punches.
That’s right. Real knockout punches. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes footage Sylvester Stallone posted on Twitter this week:
Michael B Jordon, “young creed and “getting KO’d for real! But he got up and did it again! That’s called guts!! pic.twitter.com/yFo3PVmvhA
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) December 9, 2015
Michael B. Jordan actually talked about filming this shot with Bill Simmons on his podcast a few weeks ago:
The first couple times we tried to do [the punches], we tried to it with the slips. You know, and it’s slow motion, so you can see the misses — the space between the punches. So, all of a sudden, you just hear this snickering from the corner, and everybody’s like “What?” And Sly’s like, “Man you gotta take it.” I’m like, “What do you mean?” He’s like, “No, you gotta take a real punch.” Like, pretty much, I had to really get hit. And legally, Ryan [Coogler]—he’ll definitely tell you this—as a director, he can’t legally say “take the punch.” So I had to willingly step up and be like, “Alright, I’ll take the hit.” But I definitely got peer-pressured.
Here’s the podcast. Skip to the 18:00 mark to hear them talk about the punch:
If you haven’t seen Creed, you definitely should.