assemble, young ones, and pay attention to my tale of the ancient titans! Bodybuilders like Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, and Jessie “The Body” Ventura dominated the silver screen long before our action heroes were gorgeous men like Hemsworth or Evans.
But none were better than Sylvester Stallone, the Italian Stallion, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Mr. Olympia. From their modest film debuts as Joe “Machine Gun” Viterbo in Death Race 2000 or Hercules in New York, the two went on to dominate the 1980s and 1990s action genre with films like The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II.
The two actors had a fierce rivalry that lasted the duration of their careers. It started with an argument at the 1977 Golden Globe Awards and continued as they competed for box office supremacy.
Sly had the more dramatic and inventive talent, as evidenced by his nuanced turns in the original Rambo and Rocky films, while Arnold tended to have more commercial successes.
The latter issue particularly irked Sly since while Stallone’s comedic efforts, Rhinestone and Oscar, were box office and critical duds, Arnold won over fans with his comedy Twins and Kindergarten Cop.
Sly added Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, in which he played a gruff officer whose life is flipped upside down when his mother Tutti (Golden Girls’ Estelle Getty) moves in with him, to that list of disastrous comedies in 1994.
The resulting humorous mishaps were sufficient for the movie to earn a respectable sum of money, but they only served to further cement Sly’s status as a less talented comedian than Arnold.
In a Hollywood Reporter interview, Stallone blames a number of various factors for the film’s failure. At first, “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was going to be like Throw Momma From the Train with the mom as this really nasty piece of work,” Sly said, alluding to the 1987 comedy starring Billy Crystal and frequently appearing comedian Danny DeVito with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Instead, you work with Estelle Getty, the sweetest woman in Hollywood—the kind of woman you wish was your mother. Roger Spottiswoode was unable to make up for Stallone’s perception that Getty’s intensity disrupted the film’s tone (who would later helm the Arnold sci-fi flopThe 6th Day).
Sly vents his anger without mentioning any names, but one predictable individual does pop up. Additionally, when Stallone heard that Schwarzenegger was going to star in the film, he declared, “I’m going to beat him to it.”
‘I believe he set me up,’ Moreover, The Hollywood Reporter followed up to validate Sly’s suspicion in a commendable display of research. It’s absolutely accurate, Arnold told the publication. “Back then, we engaged in all kinds of outrageous behavior to advance in our rivalry.”
The interview ends with Stallone’s opinions on his competition with Arnold, despite the fact that THR was unable to obtain Sly’s response to the confirmation. Stallone said, “We start acting silly and crazy simply giggling about the old times. We are the last two Tyrannosaurs, I told him.
Thus, we ought to have fun together. Arnold has possibly the smarter outlook when he says that the rivalry is over, as kind as that thought might be. Thank God, since we don’t need another stop ever again! If not, my mother will shoot.