Yes, it’s been confirmed by the man himself during one of his press…thing for “The Last Stand,” which marked his return to Hollywood as the main lead. Unfortunately, that movie was unable to garner much interest and tanked at the box office, and it looks like Arnie (we’re friends) is about to put on a repeat performance as the face of the Terminator franchise. I have no beef with the man and I still adore a lot of his action flicks from back in the days, but I honestly do not care to see another Arnold Schwarzenegger driven movie.
Sure, I guess the same could be said for Sylvester Stallone, but his return was more heartfelt and seemingly…genuine. I remember a collective groan resounding through the internet back when he said he would be making more Rocky and Rambo films. I also remember being pleasantly surprised and entertained by them, as they also reflected his current struggles as an action hero. In Rocky, he showed us that maybe he doesn’t have what it takes to stand at the top anymore, but he can still keep up with the best of them. In Rambo, he showed us that good old fashioned 80’s style action flicks still have a place in our world. He used his iconic roles as stepping stones to get himself back in the game and he put on some very convincing performances.
Can the same be said for Arnie? Perhaps I’m not being fair to him, as he’s still easing his way back in, but I don’t think he ever outgrew the old formula that used to earn him his pay checks: he’s gotta be the guy and good guys have to win against all odds. Sylvester Stallone’s movies play out like a serious self-parody and willingly admits that age eventually catches up to you. I’m not sure Arnie can say the same for himself, but the fact that he’s down to do a Twins sequel with Danny DeVito is growing on me. Maybe it’s the fact that he tried to use “The Last Stand” as a vehicle to announce his return that soured the whole process. But if he’s going to start making movies again, he needs to realize that he’s gotta start carving a niche for himself like Sly. Sly realized that there are still people out there starved for good old fashioned action movies and he delivers on that end. Maybe Arnold could do the same, but he’ll just be following suit and people won’t respect him enough to pay for his movies. Then what else is there left for him to do?
It’s a very hard question, but I don’t think Terminator 5 was the answer. It’s going to take a lot to convince the viewers that the machines are now molding their robots in the image of a geriatric ex-body builder. Also, it doesn’t help that the two writers they hired have nothing in their resumes to show that they’re qualified for the job. I think this movie is a dead end and he needs to start looking elsewhere.
Like Triplets. I’m not even kidding.
Written by Daniel Lee