Schwarzenegger says tie-up with Stallone was decades in making

Fri Aug 3, 2012 9:31pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger said he and fellow 1980s action star Sylvester Stallone wanted to work together for decades, but it wasn't until they met up at a hair salon that their first collaboration came together.

The "Rocky" and "Terminator" actors had talked about uniting on screen for 20 years, Schwarzenegger said on Friday, but never found the right script at a time when they were both free of other commitments.

"There was always something off. The script was not right, or the studio was not as much interested in it as we were. ... It just didn't happen," Schwarzenegger said at a Television Critics Association meeting, where he appeared to promote an upcoming documentary on ESPN website

"Then one day I was sitting at my hairdresser, and Sly came up to me and he said 'oh man, it would be so great if you could be doing just a little bit of something in my 'Expendables' movie," said the 65-year old actor-turned politician.

At the time, Schwarzenegger was serving as governor of California and had put his action movie career on hold. He said he agreed right there to film a few hours for "Expendables" on weekends so it wouldn't take time away from his gubernatorial duties, and that he worked for free. The movie came out in 2010.

When Schwarzenegger's cameo was well-received, Stallone approached him to appear in "The Expendables 2." Schwarzenegger, who stepped down as California governor in January 2011, said he did four days of work in Bulgaria on the film, which reaches U.S. theaters August 17.

Their next project came together when Stallone told the producer of upcoming film "The Tomb" that he didn't want to make the film unless Schwarzenegger was involved. Schwarzenegger liked the script and joined the film - one of five movies he has in the pipeline.

While joking that the two were "in love with each other," he said they have no plans to work on other films together. But he added: "I'm sure 'Expendables 2' is going to be a big hit. ... Then (Stallone) will be probably coming back again and asking me to be in the next movie."

In another return to the screen, Schwarzenegger will appear in a documentary short film called "Arnold's Blueprint" that focuses on the former bodybuilder's service in the Austrian Army.   Continued...

Sylvester Stallone (L) and Arnold Schwarzenegger wait for the start of the WBC Heavyweight Championship boxing bout between Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and Cristobal Arreola of the U.S. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake