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Entertainment

‘Rocky’ star announces his departure from film series

Sylvester Stallone has indicated he is leaving the “Rocky” franchise following the recently released eighth film in the series “Creed II.”

“I guess this is a pretty significant moment,” tweeted Stallone, 72, who reprised his role as Rocky Balboa, the former heavyweight boxing champ now mentoring boxer Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). “It was the last night of filming and probably my last privileged time of playing my beloved friend, Rocky … Toward the end the camera gets …” he wrote, linking to a since deleted Instagram video he later reposted after “a technical difficulty.”

“Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected,” Stallone says vaguely in the video, posted Wednesday and evidently shot when production wrapped in June. Standing on a beach at night, with a crowd briefly visible before the camera records him solo, Stallone says, “I thought Rocky was over in 2006” with “Rocky Balboa,” the well-received sixth film, “and I was very happy with that. And then all of a sudden this young man presented himself,” he continues, indicating an off-camera Jordan, “and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures.”

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