Dolph Lundgren feared ‘lynching’ at Creed premiere
Dolph Lundgren was scared he’d get "lynched" at the ‘Creed’ premiere.
The 60-year-old actor shot to fame as Ivan Drago in ‘Rocky IV’ – who famously beat the titular boxer’s friend Apollo Creed to death in the ring – and when he went to see the spin-off, which features Apollo’s son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), he was worried emotions would get the better of the crowd.
He recalled: "I was sitting in the audience with my girlfriend and the movie’s about to start and I’m thinking, ‘S**t, I’m the guy who killed his father – they’re going to lynch me here’.
"A lot of the audience were big Apollo fans because of Michael B Jordan — I thought they were going to hate me but they didn’t."
Dolph reprises his role in ‘Creed 2’ but teased fans can expect a very different Drago as his life has gone downhill since losing his famous bout to Rocky (Sylvester Stallone).
He told The Sun newspaper: "He’s had a rough time.
"He’s lost everything — his country, his wife, his respect and he’s been living as an outcast when we find him.
"The only thing he has that’s worth anything, apart from his drive for redemption, is his son who is another heavyweight fighter.
"This is Drago’s chance for revenge for what’s he’s gone through."
While Drago is in the movie as his son Viktor’s (Florian Munteanu) trainer, Dolph hinted there could be more of his alter ego’s ring rivalry with Rocky in the frame too.
Asked if they’ll get back in the ring, he cryptically said: "You’ll have to see the picture but there is a surprise in that realm I would think, yes.
"That’s all I can say."