Michael B. Jordan, the main star of “Creed,” was reportedly knocked out for real on the set while filming the seventh “Rocky” movie installment.
Warner Bros.’ latest release, which centers on boxing legend Rocky Balboa, has become a huge success and may potentially have a successor to the franchise. Many sacrifices have been made to make “Creed” what it is, including an actual knockout experienced by the movie’s lead actor, Jordan.
The video was uploaded on Twitter by Sylvester Stallone himself with the caption “getting KO’d for real!” According to Stallone, Jordan had to take the shot more than once, and the video shows the young actor rendered unconscious after the blow, although that cannot be confirmed.
Jordan’s knockout was shot as an actual scene for “Creed.” As the director called “action,” Jordan received a real blow to the face that knocked him off his feet. The video was uploaded by Stallone on Dec. 9.
“Creed” is one of the biggest and most critically-acclaimed films of 2015. Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film received a Fresh rating of 93 percent. Box Office Mojo further notes that the film has earned a solid $77 million at the box office as of Dec. 13.
Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, who is initially unaware that he is the son of a famous world heavyweight boxing champion named Apollo Creed. Adonis goes to Philadelphia to be trained by Rocky (Stallone), Creed’s former rival-turned-friend.
The film producer list included Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King Templeton and Stallone, with Nicholas Stern executive producing. The film also stars Tessa Thompson as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who gets involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed, Adonis’ mother; and Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
“Creed” was released on Nov. 25.