Actor Michael B. Jordan is a few times ended up in hospital at the hands of boxer Florian Munteanu, his opponent in Creed II.
It was, according to the 31-year-old actor is sometimes difficult to get in the ring with a professional boxer. “It’s all about confidence,” says Jordan to NU.nl.
“We have months spent together: we ate together, trained together, and stood together in the ring. It is difficult to get a real boxer to learn how you should fight in a movie, but he is a hard worker.”
Still remained of the injuries. “Florian gave me a couple of times full hit, and I him,” said the actor. “That was not very, because it felt even more realistic. But eventually he ended up in the hospital, and I also a few times. He felt himself to be guilty, every time he me hit.”
The 28-year-old Munteanu had especially in the beginning to find its way. “I had a certain routine in my head in which I told him was not allowed to touch. It was very different than in a real boxing match, because for this film we had to collaborate. So’n ‘match’ only works if you can trust. I had to know what move he would make and he had to know what movements he had to dodge; as if we can put together a dance opvoerden.”
“I want to get back into shape”
Jordan boxes is not currently, but will soon do so again. “I have just finished the recordings for another movie behind the back and therefore I had a lot to lose weight. I think I have about 25 pounds (11,3 kg, red.) have lost weight, but I want to get back into shape. I think that boxing is always part will remain part of my life. I now know how it feels, and I experience pleasure.”
The actor is convinced that there is a third part of the Creed. Had Sylvester Stallone, who in Creed II can still be seen as a coach of Jordan, intimated after eight films farewell to take of his character Rocky Balboa. “I have a lot of sense for this series to continue,” said Jordan. “I want to make movies.”
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