When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stepped out of the wrestling ring and into the world of movies, his career trajectory drew strong comparisons to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Johnson was built to be a bonafide action star and his choice in roles were very reminiscent of the roles that made Schwarzenegger and Stallone so popular through the ’80s and ’90s. It’s safe to say that Johnson has made a name for himself in his own right as one of the biggest movie stars working in the industry today but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun setting up the classic debate: Stallone or Schwarzenegger?
Johnson has a show on NBC called Young Rock which is a semi-autobiographical take on his life. The sitcom is set in a frame story where Johnson is running as a candidate in the 2032 United States Presidential election and this lends to the show setting up flashbacks that chronicle Johnson’s life as a child in Hawaii, a high school student in Pennsylvania, and as a college student and football player at the University of Miami. Johnson was promoting last night’s episode of the show which posed the question of Stallone or Schwarzenegger? Johnson starts his Instagram caption with “Sly and Arnold were MY HEROES growing up and I will forever be GRATEFUL to them both for being so incredibly kind and supportive of me and my career when I first broke into Hollywood.” Johnson goes on to say “@officialslystallone & @schwarzenegger will always be the KINGS ????
and I just got to be the lucky SOB they welcomed to stand on their shoulders.”
Since both actors were tagged in the post, one of them took notice and it was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor seemed flattered by the sentiment and when it came to the Stallone or Schwarzenegger debate, Arnold finished his comment with a playful swipe at one of Stallone’s lesser comedic efforts from the ’90s. You can check out the exchange below!
It’s cool to see Johnson showing respect to those who came before him and someone like Schwarzenegger having a little fun with the debate that has been going on since these two titans’ action careers began to collide in the ’80s. It’s safe to say that both men have been in very successful films and they are still legends in the industry but, of course, some fans don’t want to call this a draw. If you scroll through some of the comments on Johnson’s Instagram post, both performers get their fair share of love. You can check out the official Instagram post below:
Who do YOU got JoBlo readers? Stallone or Schwarzenegger? Make your choice!