Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone, took a moment to pay tribute to his co-star Carl Weathers, who died in his sleep at age 76 on Thursday.
The actors fought in the ring for the first two films of the famous boxing franchise, and they remained friends in the decades since the last installment, in 1985. Rocky IV.
Stallone shared a video on his Instagram on Friday, remembering Weathers and their time together in their groundbreaking films. In the caption, he wrote in part: “We lost a legend yesterday. My life was forever changed for the better the day I met Carl Weathers.
In the one-minute video, the King of Tulsa The star explained that the film franchise wouldn’t have been what it became without Weathers’ Apollo Creed.
“Today is an incredibly sad day for me,” Stallone began in the video. “I mean, I’m so torn I can’t even tell you. I just try to remember it 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 much.
He continued: “I could never have accomplished what we did with Rocky without him. He was absolutely awesome. His voice, his size, his power, his athletic ability, but most of all his heart, his soul. is a horrible loss.
THE Rambo The star explained that he stood in front of an abstract painting of him and Weathers because it was probably the last moment they were together in the ring, and it’s something he will never forget.
“He was magical and I was so lucky to be a part of his life,” he concluded. “So, Apollo, keep…