Sylvester Stallone, 76, Rambo and Rocky Balboa star, has recently given an outspoken interview in which he's opened up about his friendship with another Hollywood legend – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger started their movie careers almost simultaneously and have competed all their lives. Their movies were equally popular, they even chose similar genres: action movies, comedies, and tried their hand at dramas.
The stars were bound not only by rivalry, but also by a shared business. Along with Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, they partners in the once popular Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
"Arnold’s very wise and he loves to talk about philosophies which have got him to where he is. It’s good to talk to a man who actually has put his money where his mouth is, and he’s achieved that," Stallone shared in his interview to The Hollywood Reporter.
Although they were friendly rivals on screen when their movies were box office rivals, they managed to become friends and are buddies even now.
"We start goofing around and being crazy — just laughing at the old times. I told him: 'We are the last two Tyrannosauruses.' We’re the last two meat eaters, and there’s not much beef left out there. So we better enjoy each other," Stallone joked.
After decades of competing with each other, Stallone and Schwarzenegger first teamed up in Stallone's 2010 action thriller The Expendables and the sequels that were released in 2012 and 2014 and brought together the iconic stars of 1990s action movies in one film.
Stallone also recalled his famous 1992 comedy Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, for which he won the Golden Raspberry Anti-Prize.
"I heard that Schwarzenegger was going to do that movie, and I said to myself, 'I'm going to outrun him.' I think he set me up then," Stallone joked.
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Rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger pretended to be interested in this controversial project so that Stallone would take on the role have been around for a long time. And Arnie has confirmed it only recently.
"It's 100 percent true. In those days we did all sorts of crazy things to get ahead of each other in our rivalry. Luckily for us and everyone else, today Sly and I support each other," Schwarzenegger said.
And when Stallone was asked what comic book superhero he'd like to play, he self-critically stated that he doesn't look like any comic book character.
"I don’t look like any comic book character. Like, I could have never played the Terminator. No one would make a robot with a crooked mouth and voice that sounds like a pallbearer. It just doesn’t work," Stallone replied.
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