“I’m an actor. I am not a boxer,” Michael B. Jordan said last month of getting into fighting shape for Creed. But even if he’s not a real boxer, he still took hits like a champ.
Sylvester Stallone posted a video on Twitter showing that Jordan took a very real punch while shooting the film’s climactic final fight scene.
“Michael B [Jordan], ‘young creed and ‘getting KO’d for real! But he got up and did it again! That’s called guts!!” Stallone captioned the tweet.
“The way we approached it was that every punch was a line,” Jordan said during a recent conversation on Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM. “Every fight was its own scene. So we tried to look at it like that so you’re not just throwing punches for no reason.”
The film has become a bonafied hit (the critical/box office kind, not the boxing kind), and Jordan — who plays the son of Rocky Balboa’s rival-turned-friend, Apollo Creed — has earned raves from none other than Stallone and the man who played his character’s father, Carl Weathers, who said he “did well for the Creed name.”