A Hollywood urban legend claimed that arnold schwarzenegger had been one of the architects so that his colleague, and rival at the time, Sylvester Stallone agree to intervene in a comedy that would later become one of his lowest rated films. We are talking about ‘Tall! or my mother shoots of 1992 and directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
The history of their feud dates back to the early 1970s, a decade in which Stallone achieved one of his greatest hits with Rockyand that increased after both acquired their star status, especially after the popular recognition of Schwarzenegger in the 80s thanks to titles such as Conan the barbarian either terminator. The big action cinema seemed like a hand in hand between the two. But, in this particular war, Schwarzenegger won another battle when, in addition to action movies achieved real blockbusters in the field of comedy with The twins knock twice either nursery cops.
Stallone did not want to be less and also tried, without any luck, to stand out with funnier roles and less testosterone. The first attack came with Oscar take your hands off! from 1991, remake of the hilarious French production Oscar: one suitcase, two suitcases, three suitcases from 1967 with Louis de Funès, and the result was a huge hit at the box office and lousy reviews. Then, the following year, another even tougher experience would come, especially in terms of reception by critics and the public, the aforementioned ‘Tall! or my mother shoots.
In a recent interview for The Hollywood ReporterStallone remembered that “Tall! or my mother shoots’ it was supposed to be like ‘Throw mom from the train’ (Throw Momma From the Train), but instead of an unpleasant mother, you hire the kindest woman in Hollywood, Estelle Getty (from the famous series the golden girls), the one you wish your mother was. And that was the end! Also, I had heard that Schwarzenegger was going to do that movie and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to beat him.’ I think he set me up”. To top it off, the comedy brought him a, let’s say, relevant nomination as an actor, the seventh in the uncoveted Razzie awards for the worst of the year.
And in that same interview on THR, the medium inserts a comment sent by the other party involved, Schwarzenegger himself, confirming that the rumor is true. In fact, the actor and former governor of California hated the film’s script and, in that tough competition for the box office lead, he played a trick on his “friend of his” by spreading the rumor that he was very interested in starring in her. “It’s 100 percent true”he assures. “In those days we did all kinds of crazy things to get ahead in our rivalry. Fortunately, for us and for each other, today we support each other. Thank God, because surely we do not need another Tall! or my mother shoots!“.
But, hairs to the sea. In the early 1990s, the two not only started a career together as partners, along with Bruce Willisof the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, but already in recent years have shared the spotlight in titles like escape plan or in the saga of The mercenaries promoted by Stallone.
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Schwarzenegger admits he ‘tricked’ Stallone into starring in one of his worst movies