Meet Creed 2's Viktor Drago may terrify fans, but he's 'more than just a beast'

Florian Munteanu, who plays Viktor Drago in the upcoming movie Creed 2 tells Meaww why Viktor is not just a beast but also has an emotional side to him as well.


                            Meet Creed 2's Viktor Drago may terrify fans, but he's 'more than just a beast'

Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed returns to the big screen this month with Creed II and the latest teaser released introduces us to his foe, Viktor Drago played by Florian Munteanu. 

The 40-seconds trailer has got fans worried about Adonis' fate but Munteanu tells Meaww why he is an empathetic character in his own right and not just a villainous beast. 

"When I first knew that I got the job, our director Steven Caple Jr. talked me through what he expected from me. He made it clear that he didn’t want me to simply be a beast, he also wanted there to be an emotional side to him," says the German-born actor. He further goes on to explain the emotional baggage of the apparent bad guy, saying: "There is a lot of drama and emotions going on for my character. In the movie, my father feels a lot of pain because he got hunted out of his country and everybody left him and he wants to redeem himself so the solution for getting everything back is his son."

"But it’s a new generation and my character just wants to make his father proud," the 28-year-old actor adds. Fans may recall, the evident drama between the pair is because Viktor's father, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundren) was the one who killed Adonis' father all those years ago.

Jordan, in his recent interview to the Toronto Sun explained the story of the new villain citing the challenges of making a sequel to a hit movie. "It’s always tough to shoot a number two to anything, but we wanted to do a fresh take. We didn’t have a real villain the first time around. That was more of an origin story with Adonis fighting himself to figure out who he was. This time, I think we found the perfect vehicle to build on that and take it to the next level.”

Actors Florian Munteanu and Michael B. Jordan surprise moviegoers during the 'Creed 2' Atlanta screening at Regal Atlantic Station on November 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Actors Florian Munteanu and Michael B. Jordan surprise moviegoers during the 'Creed 2' Atlanta screening at Regal Atlantic Station on November 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

 “Viktor’s storyline is very layered," Jordan adds. "The two guys are similar in a lot of ways… Adonis feels, naturally, a certain animosity towards Viktor and Ivan, and then there are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes Creed so special. It’s not just about revenge. It’s about a lot of things… If we get that lesson across, then I think we’ve made a pretty special movie.”

While the introduction of Viktor is indeed terrifying, Munteanu tells us why he connects to the role: "I really could connect to that role because family is very important to me. Family is everything. The movie is about family and boxing is secondary," he concludes.