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The '90s Movie Sylvester Stallone Regrets Making

Across the board, the 1980s were an unforgettable decade for the film industry that'll likely never be matched. From Stanley Kubrick's horror classic "The Shining" to the sci-fi comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," there was something for everyone to enjoy on the big screen. At the same time, the '80s saw a sharp increase in action movies featuring big guns and even bigger muscles, skyrocketing a handful of names into the celebrity stratosphere along the way. Aside from perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris, the most recognizable of them all was the man behind both Rocky Balboa and John J. Rambo, Sylvester Stallone.

After spending the 1980s on marquees around the world, Sly Stallone hoped to keep that momentum going into the 1990s. For the most part, it's fair to say that he managed to do just that while also trying out projects that sent him out of his comfort zone. 1993's "Demolition Man" and "Judge Dredd" from 1995 are the arguable highlights from this era in his career, but the likes of "The Specialist" and "Cop Land" from '94 and '97, respectively, certainly have their merits as well. For the most part, Stallone continued to do well for himself by all metrics.

However, not everything that Stallone added his name to immediately turned to gold. Here's an example of a film he starred in that turned out so bad that even he regrets taking it on.

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot isn't Stallone's crowning achievement

The year was 1992, and Sylvester Stallone was at the top of Hollywood, but he didn't want to do the same old action routine forever. To explore his acting range, he joined the cast of the comedy "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," starring alongside Estelle Getty of "The Golden Girls" fame. The two played a mother-son cop duo that collaborates to solve a criminal case together. It turned out to be a terrible move for the "Cobra" star since the movie tanked with critics and general audiences alike — currently holding fast at 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.

With such a weak plot and an uninspired script, why would Sly ever attach himself to such a doomed flick? Well, as it turns out, his ongoing feud with Arnold Schwarzenegger over the fictional title of "biggest action star in the world" influenced his decision. The Terminator himself revealed that he read the script and couldn't imagine hopping on the production, but made his faux-interest in "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" public. This prompted Stallone to rush in and sweep the role out from under him, blinded by his desire to pull a fast one on his now-former rival (via SlashFilm).

In February of 2017, GQ recalled a 2010 interview where Stallone flat-out admitted that "'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes!" making it abundantly clear that he wholeheartedly regrets ever signing the dotted line to participate. Thankfully for him, his career didn't totally plummet in the aftermath, as he's still as hard at work today as he was nearly 30 years ago.