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'Creed II' my 'last rodeo' as Rocky Balboa, says Sylvester Stallone

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Veteran has announced that his days as iconic on-screen Balboa are officially over.

The 72-year-old in a video posted on said the recently released "II" marks his "last rodeo" as aka Italian Stallion, a character he played in eight films over 40 years.

"Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected.

"I thought was over in 2006; I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself (gesturing towards Michael B Jordan) and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures," said in the video.

The actor said the story of Rocky has been told and it is time for "a whole new world that's gonna be opening up for the audience, this generation."

"Thank you very much, (Steven Caple Jr.), and you, Michael, for making this all possible. Now you have to carry the mantle," added.

Stallone first played the in 1976 feature "Rocky", which he had also penned.

At the 49th Academy Awards, the bagged three Oscars, including the Best and the Best Picture.

Since then, the franchise has spawned seven sequels: "Rocky II" (1979), "Rocky III" (1982), "Rocky IV" (1985), "Rocky V" (1990), "Rocky Balboa" (2006), "Creed" (2015) and "II" (2018).

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 12:15 IST