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Brigitte Nielsen still knows how to make an entrance.
The 6-foot-1 model and actress makes a jaw-dropping return as villainous Ludmilla in “Creed II” (in theaters now), 33 years after starring in 1985’s “Rocky IV.” Ludmilla’s entrance to a Russian dinner celebrating her ex-husband Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and long-abandoned son, boxer Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), is sending shock waves through theaters
“It’s like a part of history walking through the door. I did not expect the audience reaction to be that big. I was in the theater and people went crazy,” says director Steven Caple Jr. “You can hear people turning to each other whispering, ‘That’s her!’ ”
Returning to the “Rocky” franchise, which stars her ex-husband Sylvester Stallone (they were married from 1985 to 1987), was just as much of a trip for Nielsen.
“It’s been very emotional. Ludmilla is a mean, cold, sadistic role that made a big impression on a lot of people,” says Nielsen, 55. “It’s been hard keeping this a secret.”
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Caple knew Ludmilla would add punch and layers to Drago’s character, by showing how Ludmilla abandoned him after he lost to Rocky (played by Stallone) in “Rocky IV.” So Caple asked Stallone how he felt about bringing her back: “He said, ‘You know what, I think the fans will go crazy.’ ”