Stallone shares rare photo of unlucky actor who was about to play Apollo Creed

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Sylvester Stallone has left his fans stunned after he recently revealed the actor that was originally signed up to play Apollo Creed in his much-loved movie franchise, Rocky.

The Hollywood legend took to his Instagram account to disclose the information to his 14.4million followers, while sharing a picture of his younger self alongside the actor.

Sylvester, 75, admitted that he wasn't able to remember the man's name but admitted the role was no longer his when actor Carl Weathers showed up for the iconic position.

Captioning the photo, the actor penned: "For people that are into little-known FACTS, here’s one.

"I don’t remember this gentleman‘s name but until Carl Weathers showed up , this fella was going to play Apollo Creed! Fate or just bad luck?"

Fans of the star were certainly astonished by the behind-the-scenes fact and took to the comment section to share their opinions.

One follower wrote: "It couldn’t have workout out better! Carl fit into the role like a tailored suit, and his charisma is part of why Rocky is so memorable until today."

Another penned: "It’s damn near impossible to imagine anyone else but Carl as Apollo, it’s totally impossible to imagine ANYONE else as Rocky however."

A third commented: "It’s fate honestly you and Carl did an amazing just and not saying he would not of but you guys killed it ever since I was little my dad showed me all your movies and I aspire to be like you."

"I’m sure he would’ve been good, but Carl Weathers IS Apollo Creed. Between you and him, you both had the perfect movie fighter physique. It was believable that you two were fighters," a fourth shared.

Actor Carl played the legendary Apollo Creed in four of the Rocky movies but his character was killed off in the 1985 classic Rocky IV.

In 2015, actor Michael B. Jordan went on to play Apollo Creed's son in the spin-off film Creed and its sequel Creed II in 2018.

The news comes after Sylvester recently signed up to star in his first regular series as the lead role in Kansas City.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the new series follows "a New York mobster who's forced to relocate to present-day Kansas City, Missouri, and is faced with the task of re-establishing his Italian Mafia family in the Midwestern city".

Sylvester's new show will air on Paramount+.

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