Friday 24 November 2017

Sylvester Stallone gets Arnold Schwarzenegger to stomach a comeback

Sly and Arnie were bitter rivals in the 80s but are now close friends and dining buddies. Photo: Getty Images
Sly and Arnie were bitter rivals in the 80s but are now close friends and dining buddies. Photo: Getty Images

Tim Walker

Arnold Schwarzenegger was persuaded to come out of retirement for one last action movie after Sly wined and dined him 'for years'.

No blandishments would persuade Ronald Reagan to return to acting after he was elected Governor of California. Arnie Schwarzenegger, the current holder of the office, agreed, however, to make a cameo appearance in The Expendables only after a long and determined campaign its director Sylvester Stallone waged in some of the finest restaurants in the state.

"I had lunch with Arnie every Saturday for, like, years," Stallone, 64, who also stars in the film told me at the premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square. "In the end I said if he turns me down, I am never going to eat with him again.

I thought he was going to say 'no', but he goes 'Yaah!'"

Schwarzenegger plays one of Stallone's fellow mercenaries in the action film. Stallone says that there was a "tsunami of testosterone" on the set.

Notwithstanding his fine head of jet black hair and Schwarzenegger – who is 63 – being blessed with such a remarkably unlined face, Stallone adds, with a self-deprecating smile: "I said to Arnie 'Why didn't we do this 25 years ago when we were in our prime man?'"

Telegraph.co.uk

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