By Jonathan Salmon Generation Iron
This is how two Hollywood legends became friends.
In the 80s and 90s a pretty major debate for many action film fans was who was the better leading man, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone? It dominated the conversation back in the day so it’s pretty interesting to discover that both men have been long time friends.
With iconic roles in films like the Terminator franchise and Predator, Arnold Schwarzenegger has cemented himself in film history with his long and storied career as a box office kingpin. Sylvester Stallone has also had an impressive career himself with his Rocky franchise which has spun off into the highly successful Creed films.
Recently at the Arnold Sports Festival, Arnold Schwarzenegger told the story about how he and Sylvesrter Stallone became friends in this hilarious speech.
“IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY, BUT EVENTUALLY IT CAME TO A CRESCENDO, THE WHOLE THING. THEN WE STARTED PLANET HOLLYWOOD, THE RESTAURANT CHAIN, AND THEY WANTED ME TO BE THERE AS A PARTNER. AND SLY’S LAWYER, WHO WAS ALSO MY LAWYER, HE CALLED ME TO SAY ‘LOOK I KNOW YOU’VE GOT THIS BIG DEAL NOW, WITH THE PLANET HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE. CAN WE GET SLY IN THERE? BECAUSE OTHERWISE HE WOULD KILL ME. HE WOULD BE SO JEALOUS THAT YOU GOT THE DEAL AND NOT HIM.’
“AND I SAID TO MYSELF, EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF US FIGHTING, THAT I WOULD GO AND JUST BE GRACIOUS, AND MAKE THIS THE POINT WHERE WE TURNED OUR RELATIONSHIP AROUND. SO I SAID ‘YES, HAVE HIM COME IN.’”
Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.