Sylvester Stallone, renowned for his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, recently expressed his heartfelt tribute to late co-star Carl Weathers. Weathers, known for his unforgettable portrayal of Apollo Creed, passed away in his sleep at the age of 76.
The duo's on-screen rivalry and off-screen friendship were pivotal in the legendary Rocky series, particularly in the first two films, leaving an indelible mark on cinema history. In a touching video shared on Instagram, Stallone, also famed for his role in 'Tulsa King,' reminisced about their shared journey in the groundbreaking Rocky saga.
The minute-long video, accompanied by a poignant caption stating, "We lost a legend yesterday. My life was forever changed for the better the day I met Carl Weathers," showcased Stallone's deep respect and admiration for Weathers.
Stallone's Heartfelt Remembrance
Reflecting on their time together, Stallone remarked, "Today is an incredibly sad day for me.
I'm so torn up I can't even tell you. I'm just trying to hold it in because Carl Weathers was such an integral part of my life, my success, everything about it. I give him incredible credit and kudos, because when he walked into that room, and I saw him for the first time, I saw greatness, but I didn't realize how great." Stallone emphasized that the success and impact of the Rocky films would have been unattainable without Weathers' remarkable contribution.
"I never could have accomplished what we did with Rocky without him. He was absolutely brilliant. His voice, his size, his power, his athletic ability, but more importantly, his heart, his soul. It’s a horrible loss," Stallone conveyed with emotion.
In his tribute, the 'Rambo' star also made a touching reference to an abstract painting depicting him and Weathers in the ring – a symbol of their shared moments and lasting bond. He reflected on this being possibly the last moment they were ever in the ring together, a memory he cherishes deeply.
Stallone concluded his tribute with a heartfelt message, "He was magic, and I was so fortunate to be part of his life. So, Apollo, keep punching." This statement not only honors Weathers' legacy but also resonates with the spirit of resilience and strength that both actors embodied in their illustrious careers.