Sylvester Stallone wanted to “strangle” Arnold Schwarzenegger during their 1980s heyday as they battled it out for the unofficial title of Hollywood’s toughest man. The two stars will soon appear on screen together in Expendables 3, so it’s interesting to know that there was a time when the two couldn’t bear to stand in the same room together.
Back in the 1980s, at the height of their fame, the two starred in similar big budget action films and were deadly enemies at the height of their careers.
Stallone opened up about the feud with the Terminator star and said: “There were times when we could not even be in the same room and I was always like, ‘Oh, it’s him’.”
“Arnold was like someone I wanted to strangle everyday... in the morning and at night. We were so competitive. He was Mr Olympia (He won the Mr Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr Olympia contest seven times). We came along at the same time. Of course, I was first, but he was bigger,” said Stallone.
“He is very smart. We became competitive and we could not be in the same room,” he added.
Stallone is best-known for his roles in the Rocky and Rambo films.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2014.
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