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LOS ANGELES - Arnold Schwarzenegger said he and fellow 1980s action star Sylvester Stallone wanted to work together for decades, but it wasn't until they met up at a hair salon that their first collaboration came together.

The “Rocky” and “Terminator” actors had talked about uniting
on screen for 20 years, Schwarzenegger said on Friday, but never
found the right script at a time when they were both free of
other commitments.

“There was always something off. The script was not right,
or the studio was not as much interested in it as we were. …
It just didn’t happen,” Schwarzenegger said at a Television
Critics Association meeting, where he appeared to promote an
upcoming documentary on ESPN website Grantland.com.

“Then one day I was sitting at my hairdresser, and Sly came
up to me and he said ‘oh man, it would be so great if you could
be doing just a little bit of something in my ‘Expendables’
movie,” said the 65-year old actor-turned politician.

At the time, Schwarzenegger was serving as governor of
California and had put his action movie career on hold. He said
he agreed right there to film a few hours for “Expendables” on
weekends so it wouldn’t take time away from his gubernatorial
duties, and that he worked for free. The movie came out in 2010.

When Schwarzenegger’s cameo was well-received, Stallone
approached him to appear in “The Expendables 2.” Schwarzenegger,
who stepped down as California governor in January 2011, said he
did four days of work in Bulgaria on the film, which reaches
U.S. theaters Aug. 17.

Their next project came together when Stallone told the
producer of upcoming film “The Tomb” that he didn’t want to make
the film unless Schwarzenegger was involved. Schwarzenegger
liked the script and joined the film – one of five movies he has
in the pipeline.

While joking that the two were “in love with each other,” he
said they have no plans to work on other films together. But he
added: “I’m sure ‘Expendables 2’ is going to be a big hit. …
Then (Stallone) will be probably coming back again and asking me
to be in the next movie.”

In another return to the screen, Schwarzenegger will appear
in a documentary short film called “Arnold’s Blueprint” that
focuses on the former bodybuilder’s service in the Austrian
Army.

Schwarzenegger said his time in the military as a teenager
helped shape his future career as a bodybuilder, actor and
politician. The story “is about overcoming obstacles,” he said.

Schwarzenegger said he worked around his military training
to find time for bodybuilding. He later won bodybuilding titles,
and used the sport to propel him to international stardom.

“I had a very clear vision of where I wanted to go,” he
said. “You realize you have to pay no attention to the
naysayers. When you learn those lessons in sports, you can apply
those lessons for the rest of your life,” he said.

The short film will premiere on ESPN’s Grantland.com website
on Sept. 26 as part of the network series “30 for 30 Shorts.”

Schwarzenegger announced earlier this week he was
establishing a global policy think-tank in his name at the
University of Southern California that would examine
non-partisan politics.

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