Saga Rocky
Movie Creed 3 Michael B. Jordan (2023)
Desperate to become the new heavyweight champion of the world, boxer Damian Anderson trains by running through the streets of Los Angeles. It crosses the 1st Street viaduct, before reaching Muscle Beach in Venice, near Santa Monica and its legendary pier.
First Street Viaduct
1st Street Viaduct Los Angeles by Downtowngal. Wikimedia.

Oh, you have the nerves? Spend half your life in jail watching someone else live your life. I want everything I’m entitled to.

Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors)

It’s always tricky for a director to shoot in one city while setting the action of a film in another, but sometimes there are no shortcuts. This is why Michael B. Jordan had to film some scenes in Los Angeles, where the plot of Creed 3 is set, although the studios for the interior scenes were set up in Atlanta, several thousand miles away. In Los Angeles where the actor-director filmed Jonathan Majors running on the1st Street overpass, not far from Little Tokyo.

An actor in full reconstruction

Playing Damian Anderson, Andonis Creed’s (Michael B. Jordan) main opponent, was a real challenge for Jonathan Majors, as he explained to the New York Times : “The psychology of a character manifests itself in the body, and the amount of body language that Damian demanded was so great because of the context. I’m playing someone that’s connected to Adonis. (…) The way [Damian] walks, the way he fights, I was trying to give as much information as possible. And then the idea of him being a world heavyweight champion who had been incarcerated, the characterization of all of that, I completely changed my wardrobe playing that guy.

Showing the muscles

Michael B. Jordan wanted Jonathan Majors to amaze the audience with his muscularity. He had to represent a worthy opponent. That’s why Damian Anderson is heavily clothed for most of the film. “I wanted him wrapped up as much as possible before that reveal [of his body] when he first got into the ring.“, detailed Michael B. Jordan always in the same title of press.


Creed 3 is the first Creed movie where no real boxer faces the main character in the final fight. Indeed, Adonis Creed faced the champion Tony Bellew in the first part and the boxer Florian Munteanu in the second. Two sportsmen nevertheless present in the credits of Creed 3.

Creed 3 1se Street Viaduct
Creed 3. Damian’s training. All rights reserved: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros.

1st Street Viaduct

This viaduct takes place in one of the most famous streets of Los Angeles.

Constructed of concrete, this bridge is one of the landmarks on 1st Street in the City of Angels, alongside the Beverly Center, Disney Hall, City Hall, and Little Tokyo. Built to span the famous canals, popularized many times in the cinema, the viaduct is one of the bridges mentioned by the writer Joe Linton in his book Down by the Los Angeles River.

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

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