'Creed': Watch Michael B. Jordan Get Knocked Out for 'Rocky' Initiation Ritual
"When a real pro hits you, it isn’t like you see in these barroom brawls or Westerns with a big punch. It’s just ‘boom,’ and next thing you know you are talking to angels."
Behind the scenes, you're not part of the Rocky franchise until you get knocked out, says Sylvester Stallone: "Otherwise, you're kind of like a dead man walking, because unless you take the shot, you can't be part of the family because we'll bring it on."
The actor explained on Monday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the films have a rite of initiation, in which "you have to get clobbered, usually by a man infinitely stronger and larger."
To wit, Stallone subjected an agreeable Michael B. Jordan to the ritual while shooting Creed and shared the footage with Fallon of British boxer Tony Bellew (who plays "Pretty" Ricky Conlan) delivering a true punch to the star.
"When a real pro hits you, it isn’t like you see in these barroom brawls or Westerns with a big punch," noted Stallone. "It’s just ‘boom,’ and next thing you know you are talking to angels."
And what was Stallone's hardest knockout? "Dolph Lundgren put me in the hospital for four and a half days," he said of his Rocky IV co-star. "It was unbelievable. He hit me so hard in the chest that the next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight to intensive care at St. John’s Hospital surrounded by four nuns!”
Watch the video below.