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Actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano recalled actor Carl Weathers as a rare breed of person who stood by a friend, even in hard times.
Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movie series, died Thursday at the age of 76.
Carano was a rising star in 2021 until she was fired by entertainment giant Disney in 2021 after complaints about her social media posts. One post likened attacking people for their political views to attacks by Nazis on Jews.
In a post on social media platform X, Carano noted that when others avoided her, and she was booted from the streaming series “Mandalorian,” Weathers reached out.
“Hearing the news of Carl Weathers passing today is shocking, I’m going to struggle through these words,” she wrote. “I was so looking forward to giving Carl the biggest hug at one of these fan expos I heard we were both going to be at this year. I looked forward to that reunion.
“Carl called me directly after I was fired. I wasn’t in an emotional state where I could pick up the phone because of how upset I was, but we did end up speaking later on,” she wrote.
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