“It’s that exact kind of character”: Frank Grillo Claims His Upcoming Movie is Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s Goriest Role That Spawned a $818M Franchise 

Frank Grillo took inspiration from Sylvester Stallone's most famous role of Rocky Balboa for his character!

“It’s that exact kind of character”: Frank Grillo Claims His Upcoming Movie is Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s Goriest Role That Spawned a $818M Franchise 

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  • Frank Grillo is an actor known for portraying the role of Crossbones in the MCU.
  • The actor will be seen in the upcoming film titled Lights Out and will be portraying an action-heavy role.
  • Grillo revealed that his inspiration was based on Sylvester Stallone's iconic character of Rocky Balboa that spawned an $818 million franchise!
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Frank Grillo is an actor known for portraying iconic roles in movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Purge 2, and, Boss Level. Being relatively famous, the actor recently had the pleasure of starring in the upcoming movie titled Lights Out.

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Not to be confused with the 2016 horror film, Lights Out will star Frank Grillo, Scott Adkins, and Jaime King in the lead roles. Talking about the movie, Grillo seemingly compared his character to Sylvester Stallone’s most famous role that spawned a $818 million franchise!

Frank Grillo Boss Level
Frank Grillo as Roy Pulver in Boss Level

Frank Grillo Based His Character On Sylvester Stallone’s Most Famous Role!

Lights Out is an upcoming movie based on the story of an ex-soldier and an ex-con joining hands to fight mob bosses, corrupt cops, and hired killers. the story sounds quite intriguing and the world is indeed excited about the release of the film.

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Sylvester Stallone rose to fame with the Rocky films
Sylvester Stallone rose to fame with the Rocky films

In an interview with MoviefoneFrank Grillo, who is known for portraying Crossbones in the MCU, sat down for a chat to talk about his upcoming film. When the actor was asked about the inspiration behind his character, Grillo went on to reveal that it was Sylvester Stallone’s role of Rocky that was a major inspiration for him!

“The screenplay was a solid C+ when I first read it. It was okay, but it was a home run for me. I knew I could knock this one out of the park, so I was not concerned with that. I wanted to get the script to a place where it made sense, and it worked.”

He further continued,

“Look, my buddy Stallone did a movie called ‘Rambo,’ and it’s that guy that I love. It’s that exact kind of character. I’m not comparing myself to the great Sylvester Stallone, but it’s that world.”

As the interview further continued, Frank Grillo seemed to be a bit too honest for his own good. Blaming Kevin Feige and the Russo Brothers, the actor stated that they blew it [the MCU] and that he prefers James Gunn’s DCU more!

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Frank Grillo Thinks Kevin Feige Blew The MCU!

Frank Grillo punched Ryan Reynolds square in the face while shooting Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021)
Frank Grillo punched Ryan Reynolds square in the face while shooting Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

Voicing a character in the upcoming DCU series Creature Commandos, Grillo, who has worked both in the MCU and the DCU was asked about his experience. Recalling the moments, Grillo seemed to have uttered a statement that might not sit well with the world,

“Yes. I recorded with (David) Harbour and I may have recorded with Maria (Bakalova). But it’s great. I love James Gunn and Peter Safran and what they’re doing at DC and for the DCU, and these characters are living in all their movies. I’m going to be around for a while, and I wish I could tell you what I have coming up with them, but I can’t.”

He continued,

“But it’s exciting. I was just with the RussoBrothers, Kevin Feige and Lou D’Esposito and it’s kind of like, ‘I miss those guys, but you blew it. Now we’re going over here.'”

Grillo also stated that the series was allegedly set to premier at the end of Summer of 2024 or at the beginning of the fall so we have a rough estimate for the release of Creature Commandos. As for Frank Grillo’s 2024 film, Lights Out is slated for a release date of 16 February 2024 in theaters across the U.S.

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