Sylvester Stallone has accepted that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a ‘superior’ action movie star.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger opened up about their past rivalry in a new docuseries all about the latter’s life and career, with Stallone conceding that Schwarzenegger was a “superior” action hero, reports Yahoo Mail.
While the two Hollywood legends are now good friends and even starred in the likes of “The Expendables” and “Escape Plan” together, things weren’t always smooth sailing and throughout the last quarter of the 20th century they were major box office rivals.
Speaking in “Arnold,” the two stars reminisced about their decades-long feud which began when Stallone recognised in the early 1980s that no one else was exploring the newly emerging action genre in the same way he was “except some other guy from Austria.”
Schwarzenegger acknowledged that Stallone had a head start with the first two “Rocky” films under his belt before the actor-turned-politician’s own first major movie, “Conan the Barbarian,” was released in 1982.
Stallone said that while he typically played the underdog who was “not overly gifted” and “got my ass kicked constantly,” Schwarzenegger’s on-screen alter egos typically emerged victorious with barely a scratch on them.
Stallone described their rivalry as akin to heavyweight boxing champions “Ali and Frazier,” and said they both felt like “there was only room for one of us.”
Schwarzenegger, a graceful victor, said that he credits his competition with Stallone for helping push him further and further in his career.