As Rocky Balboa said in Rocky Balboa, the eponymous sixth installment of the seven-part Rocky series, “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
Hopefully that quote was ringing in actor Michael B. Jordan’s head while his head was ringing from getting punched in the face.
Creed hit theaters on November 25, and critics and fans have praised it as the best Rocky film since the original. Perhaps it’s because the movie is more realistic, less cheesy, and isn’t just the same film repackaged over and over again with a scarier villain.
But perhaps director and screenplay co-author Ryan Coogler tried to make the film a bit too realistic, writing in a part where Jordan literally gets punched in the face. Sylvester Stallone shared this video on Twitter:
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
Obviously, it wasn’t Coogler’s intention to have his lead actor get knocked out on set. But man, it certainly adds some authenticity.
If you need a stunt double, you’re not a real actor.