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Sylvester Stallone Says He’s Done Playing Rocky Forever

But, is this the end of the 'Creed' franchise, too?

After playing Rocky Balboa in eight films, Sylvester Stallone announced in an Instagram video that he was leaving the ring for good. Stallone dropped this bombshell about a week after Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordan and Stallone, hit theaters.

Stallone’s work in the Rocky franchise got him three Oscar nominations. The actor also wrote or co-wrote all of the Rocky films with the exception of Creed. Rocky is definitely the role he’s most recognizable for.

“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone wrote in the Instagram caption. “It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people, and The most wonderful thing of all is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you…”

His character has been mentoring Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) for the past two films. Of course, it seemed like one day Stallone would retire from Rocky, but Creed II left the door open for another sequel. The film also broke box-office records, raking in $55 million over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend. This is the largest holiday opening ever for a live-action film.

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In the video, Stallone said he was counting on Jordan to “carry the mantle” of the franchise.  Jordan told Entertainment Weekly that he would be down with more sequels if the fans still “enjoy” the films.

Stallone didn’t have a proper send-off for Rocky in Creed II, though. That doesn’t seem like his style. It seems like Creed III is going to happen, so maybe he’ll change his mind.