How James Cameron Stopped the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone Rivalry From Taking a Deadly Turn

Published 07/04/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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When reflecting upon cancel culture, and how it has only served to make the Hollywood industry more cut-throat, if that was even possible, one becomes nostalgic about the 90s. The golden era when the biggest stars in entertainment, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis, stood shoulder to shoulder. But that is only the case if you are not familiar with the eons-old rivalry between The Terminator actor and the Creed actor.

A penchant for well-rounded action movies, swoon-worthy physiques, and a desire to be the best are among the aspects other than one year age gap that unite Schwarzenegger and Stallone. But at one point in time, these served as fuel to the fire between the two actors. Their rivalry albeit long did not thrive on legit reasons. So much so that one factor in it was a ‘killing count’. While it may sound ridiculous, Arnold Schwarzenegger was so hell-bent on winning it that he called James Cameron’s Terminator 2 idea “the stupidest thing he has heard.

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When the Austrian Oak was taking his first steps into the industry, Sylvester Stallone had already taken quite a few. However, the blockbuster success of The Terminator boosted his success to Stallone’s level and arguably beyond. He set a killing record of sixty in the first movie. And the 75-year-old actor was hoping to outdo himself and Stallone in Terminator 2, something that James Cameron did not allow.

I had to outdo Stallone.” Schwarzenegger said while addressing the crowd at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. And the way to do this was not by making sure he has gotten his acting right down to ‘t’ but by making sure his killing count was high.

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Thankfully, James Cameron had other plans for the Austrian Oak. It was the change of strategy in Terminator 2 and essentially disagreeing with his lead actor, that helped Cameron make one of the most successful science-fiction films of all time. But can he pull something of that sort again?

Can James Cameron provide Arnold Schwarzenegger a perfect comeback with another Terminator movie?

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While the FUBAR actor looks fondly upon his evergreen franchise, he has bluntly rejected any chances of a new addition. Especially after the lackluster performance of Terminator: Dark Fate. Schwarzenegger reasoned that they strayed far away from the magic of the original movie.

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If Cameron comes up with another table-turning idea, viewers might just get a phenomenal action thriller and Arnold Schwarzenegger a blockbuster comeback to movies.

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Aliza Siddiqui

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Meet Aliza Siddiqui, a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. Her love affair with Hollywood began with Anne Hathaway and The Princess Diaries, but it was the thrilling climax of Don’t Look Up that cemented her infatuation with the industry and its filmmaking. Aliza's journey into entertainment reporting began with her time at Otakukart, where she wrote over a thousand articles.

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