At the beginning of the month, the death of Carl Weathers was reported. He was a former American football player and actor known for appearing in great film sagas such as Predator, Rocky, and Star Wars. He was able to win the affection of fans and his co-stars, including Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, who was his great rival in the first Rocky movie, recently shared some nice words about Weathers. It’s a story of friendship that had a peculiar beginning on a film set.
Before we delve into the details, here’s the statement that Sylvester Stallone shared on social media once the news of Weathers’ death was revealed:
“Today is an incredibly sad day for me. (…) Carl Weathers was a fundamental part of my life, my success, everything. I give him incredible credit and congratulations, because when he walked into that room and I saw him For the first time, I saw greatness. But I didn’t realize how much greatness. I could never have achieved what we did in Rocky without him, he was absolutely brilliant. His voice, his size, his power, his athletic ability, but most importantly: his heart, his soul. It’s a terrible loss. And I am here, standing next to this painting, because it was possibly the last moment that the two of us were together in the ring, and I will never forget it. He was magical, and I was very lucky to be part of his life. “Apollo, keep hitting.”
It’s hard to read these words and not feel the emotion that Stallone put into them. The actor has shared the stage with many professional colleagues, but it seems evident that few have aroused as much affection in him as Weathers. This is surprising considering that Weathers insulted Stallone as soon as he met him. During a Rocky audition, Weathers told Stallone that he could do better with a “real actor.”
Weathers added in an interview that his arrogant and cocky attitude was what they were looking for in Rocky for the role of Apollo Creed, so this “mistake” led him to get a role that he would reprise several more times throughout his career. It’s a nice anecdote that made it worth seeing him in a legendary role. Rocky can currently be seen in the Movistar+ classics catalogue.
In essence, their friendship and on-screen rivalry is an interesting and heartwarming story. We will miss Carl Weathers and the impact he had on his co-stars and fans.