SAN DIEGO (AP) — Is San Diego the new Hollywood?
Sylvester Stallone says so, and Arnold Schwarzenegger agrees.
The two action stars unveiled their latest film, "Escape Plan," at Comic-Con Thursday night, saying they were drawn by the super fans who attend the pop-culture extravaganza.
Schwarzenegger characterized the Comic-Con crowd as "the most dedicated fans and the most passionate about the movie business."
"This is a real movie town," Stallone said. "It's — dare I say it — the new Hollywood."
"Escape Plan," set for release in October, centers on two aging prison-escape artists who are locked away in what is called the world's most secure prison.
Stallone said he and Schwarzenegger have wanted to make a film together for almost 40 years.
"They would bring us things where we would dress up as girls and there were bickering neighbors and we'd have arguing pets. I go, 'This is not working,'" Stallone said. "I said, 'Why don't we be two creepy inmates when we are 20 years past our prime?' There's a good idea. And that's where we are. But it turned out great actually. It's fantastic. We found a new prime."
He also said he and the former California governor have more in common than it might seem.
"We're both Austrian. We've both been Mr. Olympia seven times. And he's wearing my suit," Stallone joked.
Schwarzenegger also played along.
"We have the same accent," he said. "We are both into the body, the muscles, the acting, art, painting, family. All of those kind of things. There's a lot of things we have in common. He's more talented when it comes to the art. Even though I paint and draw, but he's really talented."