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When it comes to 80s action legends, there are only really three names worth mentioning: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

After competing with each other in the action movie arena, the three have since become 'firm' friends, and even appeared together in the The Expendables franchise. But how much about these guys do you know? Well, here is some insane trivia for the testosterone-filled triumvirate.

All Three Were Business Partners

Not sure who's wearing the worst clothes...
Not sure who's wearing the worst clothes...

Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis are all friends with British entrepreneur Robert Earl, who persuaded the trio to invest in his movie themed restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

However, after several financial close calls and flirtations with bankruptcy, Schwarzenegger and Stallone wisely dropped out of the business.

Stallone Violently Hated Schwarzenegger

Since appearing together in The Expendables, Stallone has become quite open about his former hatred for Arnold Schwarzenegger. In one interview, he stated:

We had violent hatred. Have you ever had that ever? Competition where you really had an arch enemy that kind of brings out the best in you. As Arnold would say, it really pushed you to accelerate... After a while, I started to like this competition, this one-upmanship. He'd get a bigger gun. I'd shoot more people. He'd shoot more people.

He know considers Schwarzenegger one of his closest friends.

Arnie Tricked Stallone Into Appearing in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

This rivalry reached such a peak, that Arnie was able to use it to trick Stallone into appearing in one of the worst films of all time, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Stallone explained:

I heard Arnold wanted to do that movie and after hearing that, I said I wanted to do it. He tricked me. He’s always been clever.

All Three Were Considered for the Role of John McClane

Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis were all considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard. Eventually, the role went to Willis as producers felt he could deliver the humor and warmth better than Stallone and Schwarzenegger. In any case, the other two had already turned down the role.

Stallone was also considered for Willis' role in Pulp Fiction, while Schwarzenegger was considered to play Judge Dredd in the 1995 movie.

All Three Are Republicans

Of course, Schwarzenegger became a Republican governor for California in 2003 (with Stallone contributing to his campaign fund) while Willis served as a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1992.

Along with Schwarzenegger, Willis was also one of the few actors to publicly support the Iraq War, and even offered $1 million to whoever could capture Saddam Hussein.

As it turns out, military rules forbid these kind of "bounties."

All Three Have Won Razzies

Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis have all 'won' Golden Raspberry Awards for their acting. Willis has won for Armageddon, Mercury Rising and The Siege (all in 1998), Stallone was won 8 times (and been nominated 17 times) while Schwarzenegger received a special Worst Razzie Loser of Our First 25 Years award.

Just so we're clear, Razzies are awarded for terrible acting in movies.

Stallone and Willis Have Had a Little Falling Out

Bruce Willis' demands for more cash to appear in The Expendables 3 may have thrown a spanner into the three-way friendship of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis.

Stallone tweeted several times about his replacement by Harrison Ford, stating things such as:

WILLIS OUT... HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!



Both Stallone and Schwarzenegger Enjoy Cigar Smoking

I'm sure Willis will have one too, if you offer one his way...

Schwarzenegger Presented Stallone with a Special Award

While acting in his capacity as governor, Schwarzenegger presented Stallone with a certificate for recognizing his dedication to Los Angeles filmmaking. Stallone filmed as Rocky Balboa in L.A., despite many filmmakers moving to cheaper states or countries.

It's always nice to have friends in high places.


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