They're two of the most fearsome action stars of a generation, and they've even admitted to having a "violent hatred" of each other back in the '80s, but it appears Hollywood heavyweights Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have now terminated any bad feelings.
Arnie was quick to offer a moving message of support to Stallone after the latter missed out on the Best Supporting Actor award at last night's Oscars. Sly was nominated for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Creed, nearly 40 years after first playing the role.
"You Were The Best"
Unfortunately, Stallone missed out to Mark Rylance, who won for his performance of Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies. But a lack of recognition didn't stop Schwarzenegger from talking of his pride over his friend's accomplishment. In a video he Tweeted, Arnie said:
“Sly just remember, no matter what they say, to me, you were the best. You were the winner. I’m proud of you.”
A Rocky Road
This was Stallone's third Academy Award nomination for the character of Rocky Balboa. He'd previously been nominated for both Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for the first film in the series back in 1977.
Balboa's 2016 display, Creed, was an integral part of this year's Oscars diversity debate. Ryan Coogler was overlooked for his direction of the film, as well as producing the screenplay, while leading actor Michael B. Jordan also missed out on a nomination.
Stallone had experienced previous award success, picking up the Golden Globe for Supporting Actor in January, and Schwarzenegger was quick to express his belief that his action co-star should've walked home with the golden statue.
"This Guy Is Pretty Special"
Despite being at either end of a fierce rivalry during the '80s, the action pair have become close in recent years, instigated by sharing the screen in The Expendables in 2010. They also shared the lead in 2013's Escape Plan.
Talking during an interview in 2013, Stallone spoke of the change in dynamic between the two. Despite a "violent hatred" that they both used as motivation in their movie careers, things have now changed. Stallone said:
“Now we have this mutual respect, we’re survivors, and now it’s like, ‘You know what? This guy is pretty special.'"
They are both action icons, but who is better?
Source: Comic Book