Escape Plan
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Although it’s not the first time they’ve been in a movie together, this month’s ESCAPE PLAN represents the first film in which ’80s and ’90s action-movie titans Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share top billing. To which we say: It’s about time. 

In the film, Stallone portrays a brilliant architect who is wrongly convicted and springs a freedom run with his prisonmate, played by Schwarzenegger. In honor of the legendary pairing (as if their dueling one-liners and competing machismo won’t be enough), we pitted Stallone and Schwarzenegger against each other in a head-to-head career retrospective to see how the studs stack up.

 Sylvester StalloneArnold Schwarzenegger
Oscar NominationsHe received acting and screenwriting Oscar nods for Rocky, which won three Academy Awards.None so far
Political OfficeNone (yet)The "Governator" of California (2003-2011)
Humble Film BeginningsAn uncredited role as a wedding guest in the 1970 film Lovers and Other StrangersStarred as the titular hero in Hercules in New York (1969), in which his voice was dubbed. A later DVD release includes his originally discarded voicetrack.
"Yo, Adrian!" (Rocky series)"I'll be back." (Terminator series)
Enduring Movie
Rocky (six films) and Rambo (four films and a TV series planned)The Terminator (appeared in three films, with a fourth appearance planned)
Number of Films
Eight, including four Rocky films. He also wrote Rocky and co-wrote The Expendables 2.None
Starring Roles3825
Combined Global
Box-Office Take*
Average Gross
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