Arnold Schwarzenegger Tricks Sylvester Stallone into Joining Disastrous Film

Discover the unexpected dynamics of a legendary Hollywood rivalry

by Zain ul Abedin
Arnold Schwarzenegger Tricks Sylvester Stallone into Joining Disastrous Film
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In a surprising revelation on a recent episode of "TMZ Presents Arnold & Sly: Rivals, Friends, Icons," Arnold Schwarzenegger disclosed how he cunningly maneuvered Sylvester Stallone into accepting a role in what would become one of the biggest flops of Stallone's career.

This candid interview, hosted by Harvey Levin, delved deep into the competitive yet playful rivalry between these two titans of the action film genre. During the discussion, Schwarzenegger admitted that he exploited the intense competition between them to his advantage.

He explained that he was aware of Stallone's tentative interest in the script for "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot." Schwarzenegger, realizing the script's lackluster potential, decided to feign his own interest to spur Stallone into action.

Schwarzenegger's strategy involved a series of covert maneuvers: he instructed his agent to subtly communicate to Stallone’s representative his alleged enthusiasm for the script. He even went so far as to contact the film’s director to express his interest, a fact he kept hidden from Stallone until their sit-down with Levin.

Rivalry Turns Friendship

Stallone, who was taken aback by the revelation, admitted he felt outwitted upon learning of Schwarzenegger’s ploy. He recounted how, driven by the fear of losing a potentially lucrative role to his rival, he quickly signed on to the project.

The film, however, turned out to be a critical and commercial failure, exactly as Schwarzenegger had anticipated. The episode not only sheds light on the lengths to which these actors went to outdo each other but also highlights the evolution of their relationship from fierce competitors to good friends.

It offers viewers a unique glimpse into the personal dynamics and strategic thinking behind some of Hollywood's most memorable careers. "TMZ Presents Arnold & Sly: Rivals, Friends, Icons" promises more such insights into the lives and careers of these celebrated figures.

The show is set to air this Tuesday at 8 PM/7 Central on FOX, promising an engaging and entertaining watch for fans of cinema and celebrity culture alike.

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