Dolph Lundgren attended a photocall for his new movie Creed II at Villamagna Hotel in Madrid this week, and posed like a boxer for the sports drama film.

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In Creed II — a sequel to 2015’s Creed and the eighth installment in the Rocky film franchise — the 61-year-old Swedish actor reprises his role as Russian boxer Ivan Drago, who he first played in 1985’s Rocky IV. Drago was the arch-rival to Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky Balboa character.

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In the new film, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and executive produced by Creed director Ryan CooglerMichael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s late friend Apollo Creed. Drago’s son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) issues a challenge to fight Adonis more than 30 years after Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed in a ring fight. The bout between the two legendary boxers’ sons thus carries huge significance with regards to their respective families’ legacies.

Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad also return as Adonis Creed’s girlfriend Bianca and mother Mary Anne, respectively. Jordan admitted he had to follow a very strict diet and workout regimen in order to prepare for his role as Adonis.

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Creed II was retitled in Spain as Creed II: La Leyenda de Rocky. The film — which Stallone co-wrote — garnered mostly positive reviews and earned an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lundgren also recently starred alongside Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman in the DC Universe superhero film Aquaman. 

 

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