Arnold, Sylvester once `couldn`t stand to be in the same galaxy together`

Arnold, Sylvester once `couldn`t stand to be in the same galaxy together`

Hollywood biggies Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone who shared the screen in films like `The Expendables` and `Escape Plan,` are good friends now but initially, that wasn`t always the case for the action icons. During the 1980s and 1990s, the two faced off at the box office.

In a recent interview with Forbes as quoted in a report by Variety, Stallone opened up about how their long-standing animosity was caused by him.

“We really disliked each other immensely,” Stallone said in a report quoted by Variety. “We were… this may sound a little vain, but I think we were pioneering a kind of genre at that time and it hasn`t been seen since really. So the competition, because it`s his nature, he is very competitive and so am I… and I just thought it actually helped, but off-screen we were still competitive and that was not a healthy thing at all, but we`ve become really good friends.”

According to Variety, Schwarzenegger began the 1980s with two of his most famous action roles in `Conan the Barbarian` (1982) and `The Terminator` (1984), the latter of which undoubtedly pushed his competition with Stallone into overdrive. Stallone dominated the action genre in the 1980s with the Rambo movies, as well as movies like `Cobra` and `Tango & Cash.` `Commando` (1985) and `Predator` continued to be successful action films for Schwarzenegger (1987).

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Speaking on a recent episode of `The Jonathan Ross Show` quoted in a report by Variety, Stallone said of the pair`s rivalry, “We couldn`t stand to be in the same galaxy together for a while. We truly, truly loathed each other.”

As per a report by Variety, Stallone and Schwarzenegger are good friends and frequent collaborators now. In the 2010 franchise-starter `The Expendables,` Schwarzenegger made a brief cameo appearance. He later returned to the role in two sequels. When it seemed like Stallone could lose the franchise, Schwarzenegger initially had no plans to feature in `The Expendables 2.`

In the 2013 film `Escape Plan,` which brought in 137 million dollars globally, Stallone and Schwarzenegger returned to the silver screen. The movie spawned two sequels, both of which starred Stallone.

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