Actieheld Arnold Schwarzenegger heeft zich onlangs uitgesproken over zijn jarenlange rivaliteit met collega-acteur Sylvester Stallone. De twee zagen elkaar destijds als concurrenten en grepen iedere kans om de ander voor schut te zetten. In een recent interview zei Schwarzenegger het volgende:
“I’m so glad we straightened out our mess because it wasn’t pretty. We were attacking each other in the press relentlessly. We called each other names and called out our weak points, and it was so competitive. It became so silly that all of a sudden it became a competition about who has the most muscular body. So I said, ‘Sly, forget about that now. Because there’s only one seven-time Mr. Olympia, and it’s me!’ But then he had to use bigger weapons. So then it was a competition of who had the biggest gun, and then who uses the biggest knife. Do you remember the Ramboknife became so big it was like a sword? No one has a knife like that! But Stallone had one built, so I had to come in with a bigger one. This is how it went. Who has the most unique killings? Who kills more people on screen? Who makes more money at the box office? Who has less body fat when he goes into production? All of this shit started happening, and it didn’t stop! It was unbelievable.”
Ook ging hij in op het gerucht rondom de film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Er werd namelijk gezegd dat Arnold wat te maken had met de casting van Stallone voor het geflopte project. De acteur bevestigt dit nu zelf:
“True. I read the script. It was so bad. You know, I’ve also done some movies that went right in the toilet, right? That were bad. But this was really bad. So I went in – this was during our war – I said to myself, I’m going to leak out that I have tremendous interest. I know the way it works in Hollywood. I would then ask for a lot of money. So then they’d say, ‘Let’s go give it to Sly. Maybe we can get him for cheaper.’ So they told Sly, ‘Schwarzenegger’s interested. Here’s the press clippings. He’s talked about that. If you want to grab that one away from him, that is available.’ And he went for it! He totally went for it. A week later, I heard about it, ‘Sly is signing now to do this movie.’ And I said, ‘Yes!’”
Aldus de Schwarzenegger. De film werd inderdaad slecht ontvangen door de critici en ontving maar liefst 3 Golden Rasberry Awards, waaronder een voor Stallone (slechtste hoofdrol). De Amerikaanse acteur had daarom ook spijt van zijn betrokkenheid.