Sylvester Stallone Talks Hollywood Rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly had a knockout effect on Sylvester Stallone’s booming career in the 1990s, the 76-year-old actor said. 

The action star explained his previous years-long clash with Schwarzenegger in the industry. It started when Stallone alleged Schwarzenegger of deceiving him into playing a role with Estelle Getty in the widely criticized 1992 comedy, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

“We couldn’t stand to be in the same galaxy together for a while,” Stallone stated. He recently appeared on Friday in the UK’s long standing ITV talk series The Jonathan Ross Show. “We truly, truly loathed each other.” 

He added: “He’s quite clever. He goes around town saying, ‘I can’t wait to do this film.’ I got to my agent, ‘Get that thing away from him. Get people options on me.’ I got it, and I said, ‘What a piece of s— this is.’ He goes, ‘Ha ha ha!’ At least I wasn’t pregnant in a film, Arnold. We’re even.” 

During another interview on Fox & Friends, the star elaborated on the situation. 

“Schwarzenegger tricked me to do that piece of junk,” Stallone stated of the film. “That’s one of those things that you go, ‘Why am I in this?’ There’s a scene they say, ‘Would you mind wearing diapers?’ I’m going to kill Arnold. I am going to find him and track him.” 

Notably, Stallone starred as a police sergeant whose pompous mother (Getty) butts in with his professional life. 

A Prankster

Furthermore, he referred to his Hollywood rival as “a prankster” who made him think he “desperately” desired involvement in Stop! 

“And I go, ‘Well, I’m not going to let that happen,’” Stallone stated. “So, I snatch it. I said, ‘I want this film desperately.’ And once I got it, I realized, ‘I’m in such a turkey, and it’s not even Thanksgiving – it’s not even Thanksgiving, folks.’” 

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While the film gained stinging reviews from critics, things worked out in the end for Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Stallone bagged his third Oscar nomination 24 years after for his contribution to Creed, a 2015 drama. 

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger earned a government seat in 2003, becoming the 38th governor of California. 

Stallone Kicks Like a Stallion

The action star earned his first critical acclaim in The Lords of Flatbush as Stanley Rosiello. Afterward, he worked as an extra or side character in movies with a considerable budget until his limelight debut. 

In 1976, he started to gain traction as an actor and screenwriter with the character Rocky Balboa in the first installment of the highly acclaimed Rocky franchise. Additionally, he wrote the screenplay for the film series. 

A year later, Stallone became the third actor to earn a nomination for two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Furthermore, the National Film Registry inducted Rocky into its roster. The industry put the film’s props in the Smithsonian Museum. 

His face is very familiar to action movie enthusiasts as he starred in the Rambo film series. The first film, First Blood, earned him critical and commercial success. 

In the film, he played the soldier John Rambo, who faced challenges with PTSD after the war. 

From the beginning of his career until now, Stallone has proved to be one of the most esteemed action stars.

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Photo: EW