What Happened Between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone – 20 Years of Rivalry Explained

What Happened Between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone - 20 Years of Rivalry Explained
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The Hollywood industry has always welcomed jet-fueled action production movies. In the 1970s, the world experienced a surge in the action genre movies unlike ever before in history. The two action legends: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, are to be credited for the same. The two swear to have been passionate about their profession. As a result, an epic rivalry stirred; and their careers wrestled with each other quite frequently from the ’70s to the ’80s. They are now comrades, helping and supporting a dear friend and colleague through a dark and painful time.

The rivalry between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger
The rivalry between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger VS Sylvester Stallone.

The two had difficult beginnings. Stallone struggled initially by starring in an adult film and then with his own story of the famed Rocky I. He wished to act in it himself and was certain that he was the perfect fit for the lead role. But producers thought otherwise leading to a delay in the multi-award-winning movie by Stallone. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the other hand, had it easy with Hollywood due to his enormous success in bodybuilding. Conversely, he had a father who sought solace in a bottle and preferred Schwarzenegger’s elder brother. His childhood wasn’t like his adult life.

They had life difficult at the beginning, but they made sure that it was equally bad for the villains and goons in their movies.


However, the two were so successful in the action genre, they had to one-up one another on and offscreen. Sometimes speaking sh*t about each other in interviews or making bigger explosions, shooting a bigger gun, or whopping the enemies’ butt harder on-screen. We Must mention one-liners like “Come one kill me I’m here! Do it!” in Predator and “To survive a war, you gotta become war” in Rambo these are just personal favorites. The two promised sheer macho brilliance for the audience all through the decade. Little did they know, they were about to become thick as thieves in the ’90s.

Also read: “I would never do the movie without him”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Proved His Loyalty to Sylvester Stallone for $804.5M Franchise After Intense Rivalry

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone

How did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone make peace?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were well-established in the industry by the 1990s. Around this time the two were going grey, and the world grew accustomed to their faces, explosions, blood-shed, and bravado. The industry was changing. This led way to them choosing different roles both behind and on the screen. Schwarzenegger turned to politics, which is where he invited Stallone on multiple occasions. Stallone eventually donated $15,000 for his re-election. Peace and, a few movies were made together thereafter.


Also read: Arnold Schwarzenegger Steps In With Arch-Rival Sylvester Stallone to Save Co-Star Bruce Willis From Dementia as Final Hail Mary Moment

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone rush to a friend’s rescue in time of need

Bruce Willis, a dear friend to the two Hollywood action legends suffers from dementia. The comrades aim to induce happiness in these dark times for Willis and his family. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s transition from rivalry to almost philanthropy is a complete circle in their careers.

Also, read:‘It was Demi’s Idea’: Bruce Willis’ Ex-Wife Demi Moore Reportedly Planned Dementia Stricken Hollywood Legend To Have Movie Nights With Old Co-Stars To Stop His Memories from Fading Away


Source:  Variety


Written by Nirmaan Godamkar

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