Lifelong Evertonian Tony Bellew has told John Bishop on ITV’s The Nightly Show how he came to be in the film ‘Creed’ back in 2015.
At first, Bellew thought the whole thing was a joke, telling the Hollywood executives that Everton had just lost 6-3 and he wasn’t in the mood for any games.
"Believe you me I thought it was a wind up," Bellew said.
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"I remember the day perfectly; Everton had just been bounced 6-3 at home to Chelsea.
"The phone call came in and he said, 'Listen Tony, my name's such and such, I'm calling on behalf of Sylvester Stallone and Warner Brothers and they want to see you to be in the next Rocky movie'.
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"And I just went, 'I don't know what's going on here, pal. But I think you must have the wrong number'. I thought it was a p*** take.
"He phoned back again and he said, 'I don't think you believe me, do you?'.
"So I said, 'Listen mate, I'm not really in the mood. I've just watched my team get tanked 6-3, leave it out'.”
Thankfully for Bellew’s burgeoning film career, Sylvester Stallone and Warner Brothers were serious about him being in the new Rocky film and called him up a third time leading Bellew to ask who had given his number to them:
"He phoned me back a third time and I asked where he got my number from. He said Ross Barkley. The phone went down immediately.”
"I phoned Barkley and said, 'If you and the lads are having me on I swear to god your car will be on bricks in the morning'."
In the film, Bellew played 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan facing Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis "Donnie" Johnson Creed.
Bellew’s acting debut comes in the films climax, where Conlan and Creed fight each other for the title.
Coincidently, Bellew won that fight on a split point’s decision, mirroring Rocky and Apollo’s first title fight in the first Rocky film in 1976.
Interesting movie trivia now, the final fight was filmed at Bellew’s beloved Everton’s home ground Goodison Park.
Luckily for Barkley’s Range Rover Sport, the English midfielder was not joking around with Bellew, and its wheels will not be meeting any bricks anytime soon.
Bellew is dominating the headlines recently following his impressive victory against David Haye at the O2 Arena a couple of weekends ago.
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