Ryan Coogler, the young film director who wrote and directed Fruitvale Station has created another masterpiece in the new Rocky movie, Creed. I was blessed to get the role as the cutman, working side by side with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan during the six week shoot in Rocky Balboa's home town of Philadelphia. During the filming I can tell you that this movie will make you laugh, will be action packed and will also blow your mind! You might even shed a tear or two!
It was an unbelievable experience to see how well Coogler and Stallone worked together to make sure the movie has a realistic plot. Knowing my experience in the boxing world, I was often asked my opinion on many of the scenes.
Every morning before we went to the set I would go to Michael's trailer and wrap his hands. The prop team had ordered basic white tape and I wrapped his hands with it the first two days, even though it wasn’t the best way to protect his hands. Knowing that a hand injury could halt production I had to speak up. I showed MBJ the Stitch Premium tape and he loved the feel. So did the director.
There were moments in filming when I literally got goose bumps and chills seeing the emotional relationship between Rocky and Adonis. I still can't believe I was in the middle of all this action and I would be forever part of the Rocky series.
Teaming up with Bad Boy and working together to supply fighters, trainers and gyms with the best tape available, I never would have dreamt that we would go Hollywood!