Arnold Schwarzenegger has been busy lining up work since his foray into the world of politics ended, and we’ll finally see the action icon back as a leading man on the big screen this January when he headlines Jee-woon Kim’s The Last Stand.
Schwarzenegger is set to play a former Los Angeles cop winding down his career as a small town sheriff in the film. Things are pretty dull in his jurisdiction until he’s called upon to stop a drug lord and his gang seeking to cross the border into Mexico. It’s going to take lots of muscle and firepower to stop the threat, but Schwarzenegger appears up to the task. Sure, he looks a little older in these photos, but producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells USA Today (who also shared another photo below) that it works in the film’s favor.
"When he leaps and tackles someone, it's not simple to get back up. You see a new side of him." The producer goes on to add, "You're rooting for him more because he's more like us, and he gets up and keeps on going. When he needs to be Arnold, he's Arnold."
Honestly, that last sentence was all we needed to hear.
Meanwhile, Total Recall opens this weekend. The film’s a remake of the much-loved Paul Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger vehicle from 1990 – and it seemed obvious that we’d get a cameo appearance from the original’s star at some point during the new version. That’s not the case, though.
Director Len Wiseman tells Movieline why there’s no cameo appearance in a recent interview.
"There was talk about it [a Schwarzenegger cameo] very early on, and the kind of teenager in me fan was very tempted by it. But the further we got into production on it, I just thought it would be too gimmicky. I wanted the movie to be its own movie."
Wiseman goes on to add that he feels such cameos rarely work, stating, “it refers to itself in such a gimmicky way that I think it just takes you out of the movie.” That’s unfortunate, because a Schwarzenegger cameo would have been a nice bit of fan service for people who loved the original. His (digital) appearance was one of the most entertaining parts of Terminator Salvation; couldn't it have worked in Total Recall as well?