Versus

January 11, 2013
 

Versus: Arnie vs. Sly

The time has come for the ultimate showdown; the two titans of action. Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Sylvester Stallone. Both are beloved by action fans with libraries of classic actioners to their names. But who truly is the king? To quote Tango and Cash: “Let’s do it!”

 

 

 

 

ARNIE

PROS

From a small village in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger began as bodybuilder and would eventually make his way into the film business. In the 80’s he would become the biggest box office draw. His role in The Terminator, Commando, Predator, The Running Man, Total Recall and Terminator 2 are some of the all time great action movies.

Terminator 2 is my all time favourite action movie alongside Die Hard.

Arnie has been an inspiration to kids all over the world with his bodybuilding techniques and even now is still giving out advice on how to improve your physical health.

He was always a great one man army.

He has the best worst one-liners in the business.

He has starred in some truly innovative action movies.

He wanted to become governor of California as it was the one place that made him the star that he was and he wanted to give something back.

CONS

He became Governor of California and left movies behind for many years while Sly was still slugging it out.

Did a few too many crap comedies in the 90s… which we all secretly enjoyed.

He was the weakest point of Expendables 2 with his terrible dialogue. Even by his standards it was bad.

Could only really ever come across as a tough guy where Sly could be the believable underdog.

 

SLY

PROS

Has always been an underdog, not just in the characters he’s played, but in real life. People have always underestimated him and he comes out on top. When he wanted to do Rocky Balboa, his agent said that he shouldn’t bother and that he should just retire. He didn’t listen and made arguably the best and most emotional sequel to the classic Rocky.

He practically invented the one man army with Rambo, which Arnie would later copy in Commando.

He has also starred in some of the all time great action movies: Rambo, Cobra, Demolition Man, Cliffhanger, Rocky and more.

He’s played several iconic characters including Rambo and Rocky. No one else could have brought them to life the way he did.

He kept action alive with Rambo 2008 and The Expendables; He gave a new lease of life to older action stars and showing kids today that it’s not just superheroes that can kick ass. These guys did it without CGI.

Never took himself seriously and Demolition Man was way ahead of its time with the self reverential humour.

He actually can act, despite what his critics may say.

CONS

He also did a few crap comedies including Stop or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar.

Despite Judge Dredd not being that bad, it did give Rob Schneider work which is unforgivable.

THE VERDICT

For me the winner has to be Sylvester Stallone; although Arnold may have been in better films overall, Sly’s commitment to action even when no one else bothered is undeniable. The Expendables is the most important action movie of recent years because it reinvented the action genre when it was practically dead. His easygoing charm and likability on screen makes him a bit more human than Arnold too. Having seen both of them in real life, Sly just came across as the more likable guy and someone who is more commited to action.

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About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



 
 

 

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