Michael B. Jordan went back to his roots with ‘guerilla’ Creed II shoots

Michael B. Jordan is pretty sure the Creed II crew broke “a million union laws” filming one of the scenes for the sports sequel.Michael is back as Adonis Johnson, protege of Sylvester Stallone’s famous boxer alter ego Rocky Balboa, three years af…

Michael B. Jordan is pretty sure the Creed II crew broke “a million union laws” filming one of the scenes for the sports sequel.

Michael is back as Adonis Johnson, protege of Sylvester Stallone’s famous boxer alter ego Rocky Balboa, three years after we last saw him in Oscar-nominated Creed.

For round two, Adonis accepts an offer to fight Viktor Drago, played by real-life boxer Florian Munteanu, the son of Rocky IV baddie Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Adonis’ dad Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Utilising the montage scenes the Rocky franchise is famous for, the Creed II cast and crew headed into the New Mexico desert to capture the shots needed.

“It was guerilla filmmaking, honestly. It was independent film at its best. We were scrambling. Here, there, moving cameras,” Michael recalled to Collider. “I’m sure we broke a million union laws. But it felt good. It (felt) like going back to my roots, like my early days of making films. We scrambled around, we did whatever we had to do to get the shot. We had limited amount of time. I think we got it good, I think we got it done.”

The film marks German-Romanian boxer Florian’s acting debut, and Michael was happy to answer any questions he had about movie making.

Describing him as a teddy bear, the 31-year-old reveals they got on great, even during the fighting scenes.

“He is the nicest human being on this planet. Such a sweet guy,” he said praising the 28-year-old. “He was very humble, very eager to learn. He showed up early, asked tonnes of questions. I gave him as much advice as I could. With the boxing there’s a mutual respect for one another, not wanting to hurt each other.

“The first time we actually hit each other, I think you learn a lot about somebody who can take a punch. We definitely caught each other a few times, but it was nothing but love.”

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Michael B. Jordan packed on the pounds to size up to Creed 2 opponent

Michael B. Jordan bulked up his physique for the Creed sequel because he didn’t want to be embarrassed stepping into the ring with real-life boxer Florian Munteanu. The Black Panther star reprises his role as Adonis Johnson, aka Adonis Creed, in the l…

Michael B. Jordan bulked up his physique for the Creed sequel because he didn’t want to be embarrassed stepping into the ring with real-life boxer Florian Munteanu.

The Black Panther star reprises his role as Adonis Johnson, aka Adonis Creed, in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, and he was determined to pack on 20 pounds (nine kilograms) of pure muscle before filming began.

“I put on about 20 pounds for this one,” he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “My opponent in this one is huge, he’s about 6’5, 250 pounds, so I just wanted to look close!”

Munteanu portrays the villain Viktor Drago, whose father Ivan, played by Dolph Lundgren, killed Adonis’ dad Apollo in the ring in 1985’s Rocky IV, and Jordan promises sports fans Creed 2 will be an “exciting” addition to the movie series.

“We just wanted to build on the characters and the relationships we created in the story that we created in the first movie… and be able to do things fresh and do things that you haven’t seen in a boxing film before,” he shared.

“We really tried to really keep things honest and organic and keep things exciting at the same time.”

Michael is no stranger to adopting a strict diet and fitness regimen to boost his muscles for the camera, after previously transforming his body for his first outing as Adonis, and then for his role as Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens in Black Panther, but it’s not something he takes pleasure in doing.

“I love food. To take away all the food that I love, and to give me boiled chicken, broccoli, rice, fish and asparagus consistently is a little brutal,” he complained to Men’s Fitness magazine prior to Creed’s 2015 release. “I would say bulking up was the hardest thing because I had to eat a bunch of stuff that I didn’t enjoy.”

Creed 2, which also features the return of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, opens in theatres next week (21Nov18).

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