Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits to Sabotaging Sylvester Stallone in TMZ Exclusive

Exploring the legacy of Hollywood's legendary action film icons.

by Nouman Rasool
Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits to Sabotaging Sylvester Stallone in TMZ Exclusive
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In the revealing primetime special "TMZ Presents: Arnold & Sly: Rivals, Friends, Icons," Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone delved into their storied rivalry and friendship that has defined a significant era in Hollywood.

Broadcasted on FOX, this hour-long interview hosted by TMZ founder Harvey Levin, brought to light the intense competition and clever tactics these action film icons employed to outdo each other during their peak in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Both stars, now in their seventies and enjoying a close friendship, shared candid anecdotes about their challenges and triumphs. Schwarzenegger recounted an instance of their competitive spirit, humorously noting their obsession with body fat percentages and on-screen body counts.

But the highlight of their rivalry came when Schwarzenegger manipulated Stallone into accepting the lead role in the 1992 film "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot." Schwarzenegger described this maneuver as psychological warfare, aimed at tripping up Stallone by saddling him with a film that was critically panned despite its financial success, grossing $72 million globally.

Action Genre Evolution

The actors also reflected on their significant contributions to the action genre, acknowledging how they pioneered a style of film that centered on relentless action and solitary heroics—a stark contrast to today's ensemble-driven narratives.

Schwarzenegger and Stallone discussed the changing dynamics of Hollywood, with Stallone emphasizing the novelty of true action films during their era, which focused on continuous movement and solo struggles against adversity.

When posed with the question of who would join them on a hypothetical Action Movie Mount Rushmore, Schwarzenegger chose Clint Eastwood for his pioneering contributions as an actor and director, while Stallone selected Bruce Willis, another luminary who dominated the box office during their time.

This segment of the interview highlighted their respect for peers who also shaped the action landscape. This special not only showcased the self-reflective and sometimes self-aggrandizing tales of these cinema giants but also offered fans a deeper understanding of their impact on film and their personal growth from rivals to enduring friends.

The insights shared in "TMZ Presents: Arnold & Sly: Rivals, Friends, Icons" reveal the complexities of Hollywood fame and the strategic thinking behind some of their career-defining decisions, providing an intimate glimpse into the lives of two of the industry's most formidable figures.

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