Michael B. Jordan Took Real Punches In ‘Creed’

By December 12, 2015

Creed has become a massive hit, not to mention one of the most popular installments in the Rocky franchise. Critics and fans alike have been heaping praise on the film since its release, and Sly Stallone even received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. That reminds me, I really need to see Creed.

Speaking of Stallone, he recently gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the punishment the film’s star Michael B. Jordan took during shooting. Were you watching the fight scenes and thinking “Wow, that looks like he’s really getting hit”? Well, funny you should notice…

I’ve heard of method acting, but that’s ridiculous.

Jordan explained his process during a recent appearance on the Bill Simmons Podcast (via SBNation):

“The first couple times we tried to do [the punches], we tried to it with the slips. You know, and it’s slow motion, so you can see the misses — the space between the punches. So, all of a sudden, you just hear this snickering from the corner, and everybody’s like “What?” And Sly’s like, “Man you gotta take it.” I’m like, “What do you mean?” He’s like, “No, you gotta take a real punch.” Like, pretty much, I had to really get hit. And legally, Ryan [Coogler] — he’ll definitely tell you this — as a director, he can’t legally say “take the punch.” So I had to willingly step up and be like, “Alright, I’ll take the hit.” But I definitely got peer-pressured.”

I mean, if Stallone tells you to take a punch, you’re taking a punch. That’s just science.

Stallone’s Globe nom is (so far) the only award recognition the film has received, but fans are hoping that will change come Oscar season. If you’re foolish like me and having seen it yet, or you just want to go another round (Get it? Boxing pun), Creed is still playing in theaters everywhere. Eye of the tiger and whatnot.

Make sure to keep checking back for updates – right here on GeekNation.

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Joe Ruggirello
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