Actor Michael B. Jordan returns to the ring for "Creed" sequel: Fresh off of his villainous turn as Killmonger in the blockbuster hit Black Panther, actor Michael B. Jordan is back on the big screen as the heroic, complex title boxer in Creed II. And because the actor had gotten into ring-ready shape before, this time the pressure was on to make Adonis Creed as formidable a fighter as possible.
"I think I knew what to expect this time around, so there were no surprises with my trainer, Corey Calliet," Jordan says. "We had Creed I, and then we had Killmonger as the competition for Adonis and Creed II, and we just wanted to raise the bar and make it better."
Creed II follows up the 2015 Oscar-nominated hit Creed, which bought new life to the storied Rocky film franchise. This time around, Jordan's boxer takes on boxer Viktor Drago, the son of the boxer who killed Creed's father decades earlier; Viktor Drago is played by Florian Munteanu. "We didn't want it to be a good, clear line in the sand between good and bad, you know, even with Florian and Viktor's character," Jordan says of his character's competition. "We wanted to show some windows of empathy so that people could actually, like, relate to and kind of have some empathy to them."
Although Creed II was filmed on-location in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, Michael B. Jordan is no stranger to the "Hollywood of the South." Jordan has previously filmed projects in Metro Atlanta, both as an actor and producer. He told Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken, "It can snow down here, you can get the rural areas, you can get a big city-feel down here in Atlanta, so you can double Atlanta for a lot of other cities, which is really important when it comes to production and storytelling. The people are great, the crews are amazing...just the city itself has a warm, Southern hospitality kind of feel to it, so it just makes you feel very welcome."
For more of Paul's interview with Michael B. Jordan, click on the video player above. Creed II is in theaters nationwide now.
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