Sylvester Stallone lashes out at producer Irwin Winkler for making Drago: ‘Irwin Winkler and his family suck at Rocky…’

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American actor Sylvester Stallone has criticized the producers of his hit movie Rocky for announcing his spin-off Drago. He named producer Irwin Winkler and berated him for destroying the iconic characters of the original 1976 sports film.

For the inexperienced, Drago was a character who first appeared in the 1985 film Rocky IV. The character was later played by Dolph Lundrgren. Now the titular spin-off is named after him. However, Stallone, who was also credited as the writer for Rocky and Rocky IV, is not happy with the announcement and feels the characters will be ruined by this move.

Stallone took to Instagram on Sunday and shared a poster of Winkler as a Dracula sucking Rocky’s blood. He shared a series of images to express his anger. In the caption, he wrote, “After IRWIN WINKLER and FAMILY SUCK ROCKY DRY! He is presumed to be the most hated, talentless and decrepit producer in Hollywood and his cowardly sons have found his next meal… Drago? Throughout history, so many artists in all industries, recording, painting, writing, you name it, have been destroyed by these bloodsuckers who have destroyed so many families, lining their pockets with other people’s work… #parasitic producers #victims of exploited artists.”

This was Stallone’s second and clearest opposition to Winkler. He had shared another post on social media, where he apologized to fans because the producer and his sons Charles and David exploited Rocky’s characters.

He had shared an article from Drago’s announcement and captioned it as: “Another heartthrob… Just found this out… ONCE AGAIN, IRWIN WINKLER, this PATHETIC 94 YEAR OLD PRODUCER and HIS MORONIC VULTURE SONS, Charles and David, once again they are cleaning THE BONES of another wonderful character that I created without even telling me… I APOLOGIZE FANS, I never wanted ROCKY characters to be exploited by these parasites… By the way, I once had nothing but respect by Dolph, but he NEVER told me about what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him!!! TRUE FRIENDS ARE MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.”

Previously, Stallone had accused the producers of Rocky and its sequel Creed of not giving him a proper financial share of the franchise.