Everyone here is a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, isn’t it? Although not lovers, we have yet another similar instance for you where two arch nemesis turned into really great friends. Here is the nemesis-friendship timeline of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, right from the 1980s to this day.
Everyone has someone in their lives who they can never really run lines with. In Schwarzenegger’s case, it was Stallone. Although known for their parallel careers, they could never stand each other in their hot piping youth. Now that they have turned into really good friends, learn what Stallone has to stay on the dynamics of their relationship so far.
How did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone go from arch-nemesis to best friends?
In an interview with Forbes, Stallone once openly admitted the reason behind them being at loggerheads at all times. All are aware of how both bodybuilders paved their way into Hollywood as action stars. According to Stallone, this precisely, and the competition that prevailed between the two, was one of the biggest reasons they were not friends offscreen. “He is very competitive,” Stallone confessed in the interview.
He further added that they used to “dislike each other immensely” before films like The Expendables and Escape Plan turned the tables. According to reports, and as direct eyewitnesses, the two 80s titans came together only when they started working as co-actors on-screen. Although Stallone was well aware of the competitive nature of Schwarzenegger, he started taking it in a way that helped them both on-screen. Their competitiveness, although never a healthy thing, somehow helped the Hollywood giants come together.
Hardly could they realize how working with each other and adjusting to one’s flaws actually turned them into really great friends that they themselves never saw happening. As of now, Stallone debuted his new Paramount series, Tulsa King. The star is also busy reprising his role as Stakar Ogrod in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger is all set with his first-ever self-scripted TV series, Utap. Netflix will reportedly host the series, which is estimated to be released sometime in 2023. He also has another film lined up for him, which is Kung Fury 2, a sequel to its first installment of 2015.
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