Sylvester Stallone can credit one of his biggest bombs to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While the two action heroes have become friendly in recent years — even co-starring together in “Escape Plan” and the “Expendables” franchise — they once had an intense rivalry.
“We couldn’t stand to be in the same galaxy together for a while,” Stallone said during a recent appearance on “The Jonathan Ross Show”, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “We truly, truly loathed each other.”
At one point, Stallone explained, Schwarzenegger tricked him into starring in the 1992 comedy “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot”, which was both a critical and box-office flop.
“He’s quite clever,” Stallone continued. “He goes around town saying, ‘I can’t wait to do this film.’ I go to my agent, ‘Get that thing away from him. Get people options on me.’ I got it and I said, ‘What a piece of s**t this is.’ He goes, ‘Ha ha ha!’ At least I wasn’t pregnant in a film, Arnold. We’re even.”
Stallone elaborated in another interview, with “Fox and Friends”.
“Schwarzenegger tricked me to do that piece of junk,” Stallone said of the film, in which he played a cop alongside “Golden Girls” star Estelle Getty as his character’s overbearing mother.
“That’s one of those things that you go, ‘Why am I in this?’ There’s a scene they say, ‘Would you mind wearing diapers?’ I’m going to kill Arnold. I am going to find him and track him.”
Schwarzenegger “set it up,” Stallone explained. “He’s a prankster. He made it like, oh, he wants to do this desperately. ‘I can’t wait to do this film,’ meaning him. And I go, ‘Well, I’m not going to let that happen.’ So, I snatch it. I said, ‘I want this film desperately.’ And once I got it, I realized, ‘I’m in such a turkey and it’s not even Thanksgiving — it’s not even Thanksgiving, folks.'”