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Each Actor’s 5 Best Performances

When it comes to action movie stars, the two biggest names in the game are Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These two muscle-bound badasses rose to prominence throughout the 1980s in some of the most popular action films ever produced. Over the course of their decades-long careers, they’ve brought some of Hollywood’s most recognizable icons to life.

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Both of these immensely successful actors have surprised critics who’ve shrugged them off as bodybuilders who spout one-liners with a handful of powerful dramatic performances. Sly alone has three Oscar nominations under his belt. So, here are the five best performances by each actor.



Stallone As John Rambo In First Blood

Rambo death

Thanks to the more action-packed sequels, John Rambo is remembered as an oiled-up badass who sprays bullets from a machine gun. But in First Blood, he was just a soldier who returned from Vietnam and found himself cast out of society. He arrives in a small town and learns that the last of his war buddies has died, then gets driven out of town by the local cops.
As Rambo keeps re-entering the town, he’s eventually arrested, triggering his PTSD, and he flees into the woods, pursued by the cops. First Blood was driven by character, not by action, and Stallone’s performance really made you care about Rambo.

Schwarzenegger As Wade Vogel In Maggie

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

The post-apocalyptic drama Maggie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man who is deeply conflicted when his daughter gets infected with a zombie virus. Usually, stories about zombie apocalypses revolve around groups of survivors fighting off swarms of the undead, so it was interesting to see a more cerebral take on the premise.
Schwarzenegger proved himself as a dramatic actor in the role of Wade Vogel in this movie, sharing terrific chemistry with Abigail Breslin as his titular daughter.

Stallone As Johnny D. Kovak In F.I.S.T.

Loosely inspired by Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters union, F.I.S.T. was Stallone’s first starring role after his unprecedented breakout in Rocky. This was long before he was known as an action star, and F.I.S.T. gave Stallone a chance to show off his acting chops.
Much like Rocky, F.I.S.T. is a story about the little guy standing up for himself, as a Cleveland warehouse employee gets involved with the top brass at his labor union. Stallone really sinks his teeth into the role of Johnny D. Kovak, bringing his arc to life.

Schwarzenegger As Sheriff Ray Owens In The Last Stand

A lot of Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s latter-day, Expendables-era efforts in the action genre have been disappointing, but the Schwarzenegger-starring The Last Stand was a delightfully ultraviolent neo-western about a small-town sheriff who becomes America’s last line of defense against a drug lord driving toward the Mexican border.
It’s a modern-day take on a story about a cattle baron terrorizing a dusty town in the Old West and incurring the wrath of the grizzled veteran sheriff. Schwarzenegger fills that role spectacularly in Kim Jee-woon’s curious pitch-black comedy.

Stallone As Lt. Marion Cobretti In Cobra

Sylvester Stallone chewing on a toothpick in Cobra

Before it was retooled as a comedy and it became Eddie Murphy’s first starring vehicle, Beverly Hills Cop was envisioned as a dark action thriller with Sylvester Stallone writing the screenplay and playing the lead role. When Beverly Hills Cop changed its creative direction, Stallone reused his material to create Cobra. He starred as Lt. Marion Cobretti, who was conceived as a gun-toting Bruce Springsteen.
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As a movie, Cobra isn’t perfect, but Stallone’s portrayal of the character as a cool-as-ice, toothpick-chewing, shades-wearing renegade cop makes it an unforgettable ride.

Schwarzenegger As Dutch In Predator

“If it bleeds, we can kill it.” Interestingly, the screenplay for Predator grew out of an inside joke in Hollywood that Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky Balboa character had run out of opponents and would have to fight an alien in the next movie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Predator as Dutch, a Special Forces badass who leads his team into the jungle, watches them all get killed by a bloodthirsty extra-terrestrial, and then takes on the E.T. himself when he figures out its survival tactics. This insane movie wouldn’t have worked nearly as well without Schwarzenegger’s commitment to the lead role.

Stallone As Sheriff Freddy Heflin In Cop Land

1997 crime Robert De Niro

Sylvester Stallone packed on the pounds to play Sheriff Freddy Heflin in James Mangold’s neo-noir crime thriller, Cop Land. Instead of playing an ass-kicker with the body of a god, he played a regular guy with a beer belly and emotional issues. Cop Land showed critics a whole new side of Stallone.

Schwarzenegger As Doug Quaid In Total Recall

Adapted from a story by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick, Total Recall plays like a gonzo Hollywood version of a Black Mirror episode. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Doug Quaid, a construction worker in the future who pays a company to implant memories in his head of being a secret agent on Mars. Halfway through the process, he snaps out of it and starts yelling about finishing his mission.
From then on, the plot twists get loopier and loopier. The audience only ever knows as much as Doug, and Schwarzenegger plays the character’s confusion brilliantly at every mind-bending turn.

Stallone As Rocky Balboa In Rocky

Rocky with his coaches on the ring

Sylvester Stallone joined the ranks of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles when he received Oscar nominations for writing and starring in the same movie. By throwing out traditional screenplay structure and instead focusing on building its characters (particularly its lead protagonist), the original 1976 Rocky movie is a masterpiece.
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The great thing about Rocky is that it’s not about boxing; it’s a love story. Some of the later installments in the franchise lost that focus, but it’s as clear as day in the original movie.

Schwarzenegger As The T-800 In The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator saying 'I'll be back'

James Cameron postponed production of The Terminator by a few months to accommodate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s schedule, because he knew that no one else could play the titular killer cyborg as perfectly as the Austrian Oak.
As an A.I., the T-800 speaks with a monotonous robotic voice, and it would be easy to joke that the role doesn’t require any acting, but playing a cold, callous killing machine unencumbered by human emotion is actually a tremendous acting challenge, and Schwarzenegger nailed it.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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