Arnold Schwarzenegger was always ready to battle for the title of Hollywood’s top action hero.
During the ‘80s, Schwarzenegger went head-to-head in a heated rivalry against actor and “enemy” Sylvester Stallone.
“I always need an enemy,” Schwarzenegger, 75, revealed during his Netflix documentary, “Arnold.”
Stallone compared their rivalry to “Ali versus Frazier,” suggesting he was the underdog who “got my ass kicked constantly,” whereas Schwarzenegger typically emerged from his cinematic exploits with barely a scratch.
“Arnold started to come on strong… [we were] great warriors that are traveling the same course. There was only room for one of us,” Stallone confessed.
Sylvester Stallone starring in “Rocky IV.” (United Artists/Getty Images)
“He wanted to be number one. Unfortunately, he got there,” Stallone laughed.
“Sly and I were at war… Without Stallone, I maybe wouldn’t have been as motivated during the ‘80s to do the kind of movies I did and work as hard as I did.”
While the former California governor has recently released his all-encompassing documentary and his comedy series “FUBAR,” Stallone has been starring in “Tulsa King” and premiered a reality show with his family titled “The Family Stallone.”
Schwarzenegger’s documentary, “Arnold” is available to stream on Netflix.