Creed: Sylvester Stallone to make Goodison call
Evergreen Sylvester Stallone will call on Everton fans on Monday night to provide him with a knockout scene for his latest film.
The star of the famous Rocky boxing franchise is filming a spin-off picture called 'Creed'. In his latest outing as Rocky, Stallone, 68, trains the grandson of Apollo Creed - the fighter with whom the Philadelphia brawler clashed in the first two Rocky films.
In the film Rocky's pupil - Adonis Creed - will fight against Pretty Boy Porter, who is played by actual British boxer Tony Bellew - and this is where Everton fans come into the equation.
Bellew, a lifelong Everton fan, has used his connections with the club to book Stallone a slot on the big screens at Goodison Park during the half-time interval of Monday's game against West Brom.
Although details are sketchy - neither Everton nor Bellew have given full details of what will happen - it is thought Stallone will deliver a message to the Everton fans on the screen and it could feature as part of the film.
"I would like you to stay in your seats at half-time and keep any eye on the big screens for a very special guest to make a welcome return to Goodison Park," Bellew said in a cryptic press release issued by the Merseyside club.
"Be sure you make as much noise as possible - go absolutely nuts at half-time - to help us create a brilliant atmosphere. I have seen first-hand what kind of noise Evertonians create - it will be perfect for the scene."
Everton added further intrigue with this tweet on Monday afternoon: "Remember to stay in your seats at HT to star alongside @TheSlyStallone and @TonyBellew in the new 'Rocky' film. #EFC."
This will not be the first time Stallone has made an 'appearance' at Goodison Park.
The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for the first Rocky film, paid a visit to Everton's ground eight years ago to watch the team take on Reading and was presented to the supporters before kick-off while wearing a Toffees scarf.
Although he has been eligible for a bus pass for three years, Stallone has shown no sign that he wants to quit Hollywood any time soon.
The American starred in the Expendables 3, which was released last year, and is set to return in a fifth outing as Rambo.