When Arnold Schwarzenegger took his famous feud with Sylvester Stallone to new heights



When Arnold Schwarzenegger took his famous feud with Sylvester Stallone to new heights

The producers of 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' approached Stallone and said Schwarzenegger was interested in the movie

Back in the 80s, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger typified guy flicks. They were bulky, strong and could knock down the bad guys. In other words, they were the alpha males of Hollywood. So naturally, they couldn't get along well. They constantly tried to be better than the other person, sign better projects and act in better movies. And during the peak of their hatred for one another, Schwarzenegger tricked Stallone into thinking Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was a movie that could give him an edge over the Terminator actor.

What happened was this: Schwarzenegger read the script for the film, thought it was awful so he wanted Stallone to act in it. He then planted a story that would get the Rocky star interested in it

Sylvester Stallone in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. (Source: Facebook)
Sylvester Stallone said it was the worst movie he's ever starred in. Source: Facebook

Schwarzenegger told Slash Films, "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.'"

The money fared poorly at the box office. Source: Facebook
The Washington Post called the movie "your worst nightmare" in its review. (Source: Facebook)

The film managed to do a little better internationally. (Source: Twitter)

The producers of the film approached Stallone and said Schwarzenegger was interested in the movie. "Here's the press clippings. He's talked about that. If you want to grab that one away from him, that is available," they said. A week later, he heard that Stallone had signed on to act in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

 Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone attends 'Escape Plan' New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester Stallone (L) and actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrive at the 'Escape Plan' premiere during Comic-Con International 2013 at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp on July 18, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

That little victory belonged to Schwarzenegger. He knew the movie would flop at the box office, and it did. Stallone's film, which was made on a budget of $45 million, made only $28.4 million. Stallone himself said Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst film he had ever starred in. During an interview with AICN, Stallone said the film was "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen."

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2. (Source: Facebook)

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. (Source: Facebook)

The two actors haven't revealed how they ended up being friends again but they did go on to act in two movies much after the 80s. Schwarzenegger and Stallone starred in Escape Plan and Expendables.

Schwarzenegger and Stallone at the Expendables party (Source: Facebook)

According to Stallone, their cold war was unnerving but it brought out the best in him. "Have you ever had that ever? A competition where you really had an arch enemy that kind of brings out the best in you. As Arnold would say, it really pushed you to accelerate," he told The Guardian.

The cast of The Expendables. (Source: Facebook)

Schwarzenegger and Stallone at a press conference. Source: Facebook

Schwarzenegger and Stallone found success and fame in the 80s by starring in action films. If Stallone found critical acclaim by portraying Rocky Balboa, a blue collar worker trying to win a boxing competition, his arch enemy rose to fame with 1981's classic fantasy Conan the Barbarian. 

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