Rocky was down for the cause, he revealed recently to reporters at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon Entertainment Weekly reports.
Sylvester Stallone revealed that he was willing to sit out the Academy Awards in support of change in the Academy.
Stallone on what he said to Creed director Ryan Coogler:
I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this [#OscarsSoWhite controversy] happened. I said, ‘Ryan how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe you are responsible for me being here,
Michael Jordan, every time I looked in his eyes as an actor, I said, he was making me better. I think he should’ve been given a lot more respect and attention.
Coogler’s response as told by Stallone:
Sly, just go there, try to represent the film, and we feel you deserve it. Eventually things will change.’
Stallone says he reiterated his point:
I said, ‘If you want me to go I’ll go, if you don’t, I won’t.
No I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He wants us to go and represent the film.
This recent revelation comes on the heels of the controversial moment where Stallone forget to mention both Coogler and Jordan in his acceptance speech after his Golden Globe win. Twitter immediately hopped all over Stallone for the blunder, he did come back on the stage and apologized and thanked both of them.
We salute Stallone for standing with the talented director and actor, he clearly feels they should be honored as well. It was extremely dope of Sylvester Stallone to even consider of passing on what could be a huge moment in his acting career for the sake of necessary change.
Source: Entertainment Weekly