In prepping for the film "Creed," Sylvester Stallone actually punched Michael B. Jordan "in the chest, kind of hard," says the young actor who took the starring role in the latest in the Rocky Balboa boxing films. In the film, Jordan plays Adonis Creed, son of Rocky's friend and rival Apollo Creed.
"It was cool to take on this character with such deep roots," he told the Los Angeles Times over the summer.
Jordan will tell us a lot more when he stops in at The Times stage for a live video chat at 2 p.m. PST on Wednesday. You can watch it all with the video link above.
"Creed" -- and Jordan himself -- have earned stellar reviews, including The Times' movie critic, Kenneth Turan, saying the actor and director Ryan Coogler have lifted what could have been just another "Rocky" franchise spinoff into something that "plays like a spiritual remake of the 1976 film that retells the original story in the kind of involving way one would not have thought possible."
We'll ask Jordan about his grueling training program and diet to get in shape, the Oscar buzz around the film as well as his and Stallone's performances, and the lead actor prize he was awarded just this week from the National Society of Film Critics.