“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Heavyweight Pardon…

Posted on May 30, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Days after the presidential pardon of Jack Johnson, Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. Stallone said that his newly launched Balboa Productions will begin with a film about Johnson.


                                    JACK JOHNSON                   SYLVESTER STALLONE

“`Recently, Stallone stood next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office as he signed the posthumous pardon to Johnson, who served ten months in prison in what the chief executive called a racially-motivated injustice. Trump added that Stallone was instrumental in bringing Johnson’s story to his attention.

“`Stallone’s production company said the film will be fast-tracked by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. According to Sly, Johnson was the basis for his character Apollo Creed in the Rocky series. Previously, the character played by James Earl Jones in  The Great White Hope was based on the life and career of Jack Johnson.

“`The 71-year-old actor is currently in production on Creed II for MGM.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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