The production for Creed 2 can finally begin as they have now found their man to play Ivan Drago’s son. It was rumored to be UFC star Sage Northcutt but his acting skills weren’t up to par. Instead, he will be played by will be played by Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu.
Ivan Drago (Russian: Иван Драго) is a fictional character in the 1985 film Rocky IV, in which he is Rocky Balboa’s rival and the main antagonist. He is portrayed by Dolph Lundgren. Like the Clubber Lang character from Rocky III, the character and his catchphrases have gone on to inspire multiple mentions in popular culture, including in the Family Guy episodes “Brian Goes Back to College” and “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side”, the Chuck episodes “Chuck Versus the Final Exam” and “Chuck Versus the Anniversary”, and the film Disaster Movie. A poll of former heavyweight champions and prominent boxing writers ranked Drago as the third best fighter in the Rocky film series.
Ivan Drago is an Olympic gold medalist and an amateur boxing champion from the Soviet Union, who had an amateur record of 100-1-0 Wins (100 KO). He is billed at 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) and 261 pounds (118 kg, over 18 ½ stone). He wields a punch yielding over 1800 psi, whereas the average psi for a boxer is 700psi. Drago is carefully fitted and trained to be the consummate fighter. His heart rate and punching power are constantly measured via computers during his workouts. Drago is seen receiving intramuscular injections in the movie, implied to be anabolic steroids, though the actual nature of the injected solution is never explicitly stated.
Drago is married to another athlete, Ludmilla Vobet Drago (Brigitte Nielsen), who is mentioned to be a double gold medalist in swimming. She is much more articulate in English than Drago, who seldom talks, and always speaks on his behalf at press conferences and interviews. She dismisses allegations of Drago’s steroid use (which turn out to be true), explaining her husband’s freakish size and strength by saying, “he is like your Popeye. He eats his spinach every day!”.
In Rocky IV, Drago’s trainers, Sergei Igor Rimsky (George Rogan) and Manuel Vega (James “Cannonball” Green), along with his wife Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen), are convinced that he can defeat any boxer. Drago enters professional heavyweight boxing in the beginning of the movie. Former champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), now 42 years old, comes out of retirement to challenge Drago to an exhibition match, promoted by Creed’s former rival Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Creed arrives to the ring wearing his signature Stars & Stripes boxing garb to “Living in America,” sung by James Brown, dancing upon a huge stage that is lowered into the ring. Before the match begins, Drago mutters “You will lose.”