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‘The Gauntlet Is Down’: Sylvester Stallone Reveals How Legendary Rivalry With Arnold Schwarzenegger For Hollywood’s Top Dog Macho-Man Began

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, bodybuilder, and former member of the government. He has starred in some exceptionally memorable movies, including Kindergarten Cop and the Terminator series among others. The heartthrob of most if not all Americans in the 80s, Arnold is one of the most iconic action movie stars of all time.

Sylvester Stallone (right) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) in a picture from their younger days.
The only actor who came close to Arnold’s stardom in those times was Sylvester Stallone. The stars were often seen as worthy opponents of the best action star, in Hollywood. Stallone, an American actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker has starred in iconic movies like the Rambo, Rocky, and The Expendables series. Both were seen as the real-life representation of the terms ‘masculine’ and ‘macho’. Fans and critics had often drawn comparisons between them and pitched them as worthy opponents, for America’s best action star.

The Stallone and Schwarzenegger fued.

With the magnitude of fan following and influence, either of the stars had, it undoubtedly was tough for them to co-exist in the industry. They were expected to brush up against each other sooner or later and they did. Sylvester Stallone in a recent interview recalls the beginning of their ‘violent feud’. In the 1970s Arnold recalls having made an enemy out of Stallone. The Rocky star (Sylvester) had just made his acting debut as the legendary boxer when he attended the Golden Globes award ceremony in 1977.

Rocky was tipped to take home several awards at the ceremony, so Sylvester was excited to win some awards – but it didn’t happen. Rocky kept losing to other movies. Arnie, who was sitting opposite him, found great delight in Sylvester losing. He even started poking fun at Sylvester for his losses.

Sylvester recalled: “I’m going, who is this big guy? And he’s gloating and gloating [about Rocky not winning].” Eventually, Rocky started winning some awards. “Finally,” Sylvester said. “It’s time for Rocky.” Things turned nasty post this. Rocky won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture at the ceremony. In a fit of excitement and fury, Sylvester picked up the first thing he saw and threw it straight at Arnie. “I managed to grab this giant bowl of flowers,” Sylvester remembered. “And heaved it in his direction. It had lilies and tulips… It began a ten-year battle royale. And I thought: ‘The gauntlet is down.’”Arnie seemed to dodge the attack, but this incident of triggered aggression kick-started a vicious feud between the two tough guys which lasted for decades.

Enemies turned great friends.

Sylvester describes their past relationship as a “violent hatred” and noted that they “couldn’t stand to be in the same galaxy together.” They even poked fun at one another in their movies. They hated each other to the extent, that Sylvester Stallone beat up an Arnie lookalike in his movie Tango & Cash. While Arnie’s film Twins had his character making fun of a Rambo poster.

The duo even tried stealing and competing for each other’s roles. A hilarious incident stood out, of Arnold tricking Stallone into doing a disastrous movie (‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ in 1992). The two of them are great friends today and they look back at these instances with smiles and giggles. The legends did indeed mature over the years and managed to co-exist as global action stars.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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