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Sylvester Stallone Discusses Arnold Schwarzenegger Feud

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Arnold Schwarzenegger almost took a blow out on Sylvester Stallone burgeoning career in the 1990s, the 76-year-old actor said.

The action star explained his years of clashes with Schwarzenegger in the industry. It began when Stallone claimed that Schwarzenegger lured him into a role with Estelle Getty in the widely criticized 1992 comedy Stop! Or My Mother 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.” 

In another Fox & Friends interview, the star addressed 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.” 

As many may remember, Stallone starred as a police sergeant whose pompous mother (Getty) interferes in his professional life.

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Schwarzenegger a “Prankster”

Moreover, he called his Hollywood rival a “prankster” who made him think he “desperately” wanted to get involved with 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.’” 

While the film garnered negative reviews from critics, it ended up working for Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Twenty-four years later, Stallone received his third Oscar nomination for his contribution to the 2015 drama Creed.

Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, won a seat in government in 2003, becoming California’s 38th governor.

Stallone Films

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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