Arnold Schwarzenegger on Co-Starring with Sylvester Stallone and What Bodybuilding Taught Him About Acting

In the 1980s and 1990s it was a dream for many fans of action movies to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone star in the same film.  But after years of it never happening, Schwarzenegger popped in for a brief cameo in Stallone’s 2010 film The Expendables.  For the upcoming sequel, Schwarzenegger agreed to appearing in a larger role, and following that the two will co-star in The Tomb

During an interview to promote an upcoming ESPN documentary short about his years in the Austrian army titled Arnold’s Blueprint, Schwarzenegger spoke about why the real-life friends are working together so often now.

Schwarzenegger revealed that there were several reasons why the two action movie icons never did a film together before they were both in their sixties.  He said, “There was always something off. The script was not right, or the studio was not as much interested in it as we were. … It just didn’t happen.  Then one day I was sitting at my hairdresser, and Sly came up to me and he said ‘oh man, it would be so great if you could be doing just a little bit of something in my Expendables movie.”  His Expendables cameo was then shot in one day, and the excitement that came out of that appearance has led to to the following collaborations.

Schwarzenegger joked that the two are “in love with each other,” but admitted that after The Tomb there are no other Schwarzenegger/Stallone collaborations in development.  However, consider Stallone’s tendency to make sequels to his most successful films Schwarzenegger is fully expecting Stallone to approach him about an Expendables 3.  He said, “I’m sure Expendables 2 is going to be a big hit. … Then (Stallone) will be probably coming back again and asking me to be in the next movie.”

As for his ESPN documentary, Schwarzenegger revealed it is primarily “about overcoming obstacles,” adding, “I had a very clear vision of where I wanted to go.  You realize you have to pay no attention to the naysayers. When you learn those lessons in sports, you can apply those lessons for the rest of your life.”

via Yahoo! News

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