Michael B. Jordan Knocked Out Cold On ‘Creed’ Set
However, franchise creator and co-star Stallone made sure writer/director Ryan Coogler included one real smack to the face in the shoot to really introduce Jordan to the world of Rocky.
Action man Stallone admits he felt a little sorry for the 28-year-old as he witnessed the knock out blow onset, but claims it was necessary. “The only thing I kind of regretted is, I said, ‘Michael, as much as you are Apollo Creed’s son, you have not done your baptism of fire: you do have to take a slow-motion punch in the face,'” Sylvester recalled to RottenTomatoes.com. “He was knocked cold, and I didn’t mean that to happen…! It’s just a rite of passage… It’s just your boxer manhood, really. He goes, ‘You know, I could have lived without that, really. Could have skipped over that lesson!'” Luckily, Jordan wasn’t really injured during the stunt, and he can now see the funny side of Stallone’s “bright idea.” “He was like a little kid snickering in the corner,” Jordan laughed. “He enjoyed it more than anyone, I’m sure! But yeah, I was initiated into the world of Rocky…”
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