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Stallone: Action Genre Is 'Fading Away'

Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Hollywood Awards(LOS ANGELES) -- Making no bones about his own creaking bones and the passing of time, Sylvester Stallone calls aging action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and himself, "old war horses" in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"This genre unfortunately is becoming…let's just say it's fading away," Sly said. "You have the superheroes today which are possessed with all extraordinary powers...And then you have a bunch of us which is just your basic male-pattern badness."

Stallone, whose Expendables 2 brings back Ah-nuld as well as a number of one-time cinematic superstars like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, opens on August 17. He admits he was once "competitive" with Schwarzenegger regarding their action hero status. "A little alpha territorial," the former Rocky star says. "And then we realised it was good for our careers [to work together]."

The pair appeared together onscreen briefly in 2010's The Expendables, but that role was just a cameo for the former Terminator star. The sequel expands his role, and the pair fully team up in the prison break-out movie The Tomb, which they're currently filming.

Sporting grey hair and a grey goatee, Schwarzenegger tells ET, "We worked really well together. The funny thing is we have tried, I think, our entire careers to always work together. We have talked about it for three decades and it never happened. I think we tried maybe too hard...But now after the governorship, somehow this just fell into place."

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