Schwarzenegger and Stallone Talk Rejected Roles
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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are in a new movie together, “Escape Plan”, which premieres on Friday. You may be thinking, “Well, it’s about time!”. I know I was. But apparently, this isn’t the first time that a movie script has tried to put the two together. According to an interview with Access Hollywood, “Escape Plan” is the first movie that isn’t in esemble format, ie “The Expedables“, to team up Stallone and Schwarzenegger. In fact, there have been several attempts, it’s just that some of them were, well, deplorable.
“The interesting thing really, is that for decades, they’ve tried to put us together in a movie and the scripts were horrible,” Arnold told Access Hollywood at the films junket on Monday, “It was like dreadful. We could not have accepted any of that.” He continued, “One movie wanted us to be undercover agents in drag, and another movie wanted us to change from human beings to animals. So he was the dog and I was the cat and we were fighting each other. It was some comedy. It was all this ludicrous stuff.”
Wow. I don’t know. Schwarzenegger and Stallone as drag cops? Yeah, I would watch that.
Fortunately, the pair waited for the right time to say yes to just the right script. Arnold says of “Escape Plan”, “In this one, from the beginning, we’re together in this movie and we have this major fight scene, this entire day we shot this fight scene, different angles, close ups, wide shots. He was down, I was down, he gets punched, I get punched. It was going back and forth,” Arnold explained. “It was just a wild, wild fight scene, really well-choreographed the whole thing, but also [there were] some things that went a little bit out of control, which always is good because the camera picks up all those things, so it was really terrific working with him on this film.”
The interview took a hilarious turn when they were asked who would come out as the victor in a real-life throwdown between the two of them.
“We’re going to do a movie called ‘Grumpy Old Hags,’ and we’re gonna battle it out,” Sly joked.
“He would be on top of me punching me, I‘d say, ‘Get off me, let’s go get a schnitzel,’” Arnold added.
“We’re both pretty strong and he’s got a mean streak in him,” Sly continued.
“We’re very competitive, so because of that, I think it would be a very interesting fight,” Arnold said.
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