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Sylvester Stallone Declares Arnold Schwarzenegger the ‘Superior’ Action Movie Star – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Sylvester Stallone Declares Arnold Schwarzenegger the ‘Superior’ Action Movie Star


The action movie genre has produced some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the pack. Both actors had a fierce rivalry that lasted for many years, but fans have always wondered – who is the better action star? According to Stallone, the answer is Schwarzenegger. He made this comment in the new docuseries, Arnold, which is currently streaming on Netflix. The series delves into the competition between the two actors and their quest to be the very best in the genre.


“The 80s was an interesting time because the definitive ‘action guy’ had not really been formed yet,” Stallone says, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “Up until that time, action was a car chase like Bullitt or The French Connection and a film all about intellect and innuendo and verbal this and verbal that.”

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Stallone was a game-changer for the genre with First Blood in 1982, but he knew he had some stiff competition from Schwarzenegger who started making waves soon after with movies like The Terminator and Commando. Schwarzenegger says that every time Stallone released another great action movie like Rambo II, it only served as inspiration to try and outdo it. Stallone also recalls just how tense the competition felt, comparing it to a feud between two heavyweight boxers.

“We became incredibly competitive,” Stallone remembers. “Like [Muhammad] Ali and [Joe] Frazier, or great warriors that are traveling the same course: There was only room for one of us.”

Ultimately, Stallone would concede defeat, declaring Schwarzenegger to be the “superior” star. “He was superior. He just had all the answers,” Stallone admits. “He had the body. He had the strength. That was his character.”

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However, Stallone points out that the two actors have very different “styles of acting” that work for their respective films. He notes that he tends to play characters who take a beating before making a comeback, while Schwarzenegger usually plays dominant soldiers who almost always have the upper hand in combat.

“I had to get my ass kicked constantly, whereas Arnold, he never got hurt much,” Stallone says. “And I’m going, ‘Arnold, you could go out and fight a dragon and you’d come back with a Band-Aid.’”

Related: How Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Completely Dominating Netflix


The Rivalry Became a Friendship

Hollywood legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger had a rivalry that persisted for many years, but which one is the superior action movie star? Fans of each actor will have their own opinions, but if you were to ask Stallone, he’d say it was Schwarzenegger. It’s something the Rocky star said in the new Arnold docuseries streaming on Netflix, which details how the two actors had always been trying to outdo one another to be the very best of the genre.


“The ’80s was a very interesting time because the definitive ‘action guy’ had not really been formed yet,” Stallone says, per EW. “Up until that time, action was a car chase like Bullitt or The French Connectionand a film all about intellect and innuendo and verbal this and verbal that.”

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Stallone was ushering in big changes to the action genre with First Blood in 1982, but he knew he had some serious competition on his hands when Schwarzenegger would start making waves soon after with movies like The Terminator and Commando. Schwarzenegger says that anytime Stallone came out with another great action movie like Rambo IIthat only served as inspiration to try and outdo that. Stallone also recalls just how tense the competition felt, comparing it to a feud between two heavyweight boxers.

“We became incredibly competitive,” Stallone remembers. “Like [Muhammad] Ali and [Joe] Frazier, or great warriors that are traveling the same course: There was only room for one of us.”

Ultimately, Stallone would accept defeat, declaring the Last Action Hero actor to be the “superior” star.

“He was superior. He just had all the answers,” as Stallone puts it. “He had the body. He had the strength. That was his character.”

With that said, Stallone also points out that the two actors have very different “styles of acting” that work for their respective films. Something he’s noticed is that he tends to play characters who take a pummeling before making a comeback, while Schwarzenegger tends to play dominant soldiers who almost always have the upper hand in combat.

“I had to get my ass kicked constantly, whereas Arnold, he never got hurt much,” Stallone says. “And I’m going, ‘Arnold, you could go out and fight a dragon and you’d come back with a Band-Aid.'”

Related: How Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Completely Dominating Netflix


The Rivalry Became a Friendship

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Eventually, the two actors would come to be friends, and neither sees the other as a rival at this point. They have collaborated on multiple occasions, with Schwarzenegger appearing in three of Stallone’s Expendables movies. The two also co-starred in the 2013 movie Escape Plan. They also like to hang out away from movie sets, which includes carving pumpkings together for Halloween last year.

Schwarzenegger is still in action in the action genre, playing a secret agent in the new Netflix series FUBAR. As for Stallone, he will be delving back into the genre for a Cliffhanger sequel that’s in the works. For now, fans can see the real Stallone spending time with his family in the Paramount+ reality show The Family Stallone.

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