The Word: Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone hate each other?

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How sad. Two of the biggest musclemen of the eighties apparently never got to bond at the time over how much iron they could pump, because they loathed each other.

Sylvester Stallone revealed at the premiere of his new movie “Escape Plan” that he and his costar Arnold Schwarzenegger “really disliked each other intensely for 20 years,” according to Page Six.

What drove a wedge between two men who had so much in common (thick necks, incomprehensible accents)? Sly implies it was professional rivalry – which may have been good for both of their careers. “It goes to show you, a good enemy is hard to find. Eventually you sort of appreciate [them]. Maybe the reason we were so competitive was it made us get to where we are?”

Maybe! In any case, the two are apparently buds now, in a way that sounds indistinguishable from hatred. Stallone says he “pranked” his costar by reporting him to NASA as a security threat so he’d get strip searched. Aww! Friendship, or something.

I wonder what brought these two back together. Probably professional expedience. But I prefer to picture months of weepy joint therapy sessions, and you cannot stop me from doing so.


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