Arnold Schwarzenegger

June 12, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Schwarzenegger as Kyle Reese?! James Cameron on ‘Terminator’ casting

It’s hard to imagine James Cameron’s 1984 film “The Terminator” starring anyone other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. But there was a moment when that iconic piece of casting was in doubt. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival recently, Cameron took the stage for an extended Q&A between screenings of “The Terminator” and its sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” to discuss the making of the movie that launched his and Schwarzenegger’s careers. During the conversation, Cameron recalled how Schwarzenegger nearly didn’t get to deliver his famous line, “I’ll be back.” Instead of the Terminator, the movie’s terrifying, nearly mute cyborg sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, Schwarzenegger was originally up for the role of Kyle Reese, the movie’s hero, who was ultimately played by Michael Biehn. At the behest of his financiers, who were high on casting […]
May 02, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith set for key role in ‘Terminator’ reboot

“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith is set to do some time traveling of a different order. The English actor is joining the cast of the upcoming “Terminator” reboot, playing a new character with a strong connection to John Connor in the film, set to be directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”). The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy, with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor, the iconic heroine brought to the screen in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the new film also will star Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee, with original “Terminator” actor […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.

‘Terminator’ remake: Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has been cast as Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator” remake, Paramount confirmed Friday. The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. Clarke, best known for her portrayal of the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” has big shoes to fill. Linda Hamilton originated the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Hamilton’s performance was considered groundbreaking as her character broke gender barriers to become a genuine gun-toting action hero. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes Clarke’s “Game of Thrones” costar Lena Headey, who plays the cruel queen Cersei, also portrayed Sarah Connor in the short-lived television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Little […]
June 28, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.

‘Terminator’ reboot poll: Who should replace Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Paramount hasn't said whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for the upcoming Terminator reboot film, so Hero Complex offers up some suggestions on who might be a good replacement. (Artisan Home Entertainment; Los Angeles Times)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building success brought him to America and afforded him a minor bit of fame, but it was his role as the leather-jacket-wearing robot assassin in “The Terminator” that made him a superstar. Now, with a Terminator reboot film scheduled for 2015, is it time for a new muscle man to take the spotlight? The new Terminator film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script. Paramount hasn’t said whether Schwarzenegger will be back (see what we did there?) to reprise the role, so Hero […]
March 17, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

Schwarzenegger, your He-Man days have come and gone

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian," left, and during his term as governor of California, right. (Reuters; Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
COMMENTARY Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent decision to return as executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines makes one thing abundantly clear: The former bodybuilder, movie star and California governor can’t seem to grasp the simple fact that his era is over. He tried to ride out the revelation that he had secretly fathered a child with his housekeeper by penning an autobiography that was long on self-aggrandizement and short on introspection. Then he ventured back to the big screen with “The Last Stand,” prompting critics to declare him too old, too odd-looking (who knew Austrians turned orange as they aged?) and too mired in scandal to resurrect his action hero career. Now he plans to return to his bodybuilding roots because he just doesn’t get it: The He-Man is dead, and few mourn his passing. While Schwarzenegger was governating, […]
Jan. 17, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in action: The good, the bad, the bad-ass

Arnold Schwarzenegger (featured image)
After an absence from the big screen for several years (governing California doesn’t leave much workaround time for movie-shooting schedules), Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a starring role. No cameos or special appearances — “The Last Stand” is a full-on Schwarzenegger action flick. Schwarzenegger stars in the film as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff whose ragtag crew is all that stands between a jail-breaking drug kingpin (accompanied by a band of heavily armed mercenaries) and freedom across the Mexican border. Naturally, shooting ensues. Lots and lots of shooting. REVIEW: ‘The Last Stand’ The movie marks the English-language debut of respected South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon (“I Saw the Devil,” “A Tale of Two Sisters”), who told Hero Complex this week that he relied on translators in order to communicate with the star. According to Kim, the inability to find common […]
Jan. 16, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.

‘Last Stand’: Kim Jee-Woon on Hollywood, Arnold’s action comeback

Kim Jee-Woon is the South Korean director of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick "The Last Stand, " his first American movie. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
On the set of the shoot-’em-up thriller “The Last Stand,” South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon and Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered from what we shall term a certain failure to communicate. They literally could not speak each other’s language, relying on translators to trade ideas thanks to Kim’s negligible English and Schwarzenegger’s heavy Teutonic accent. Nonetheless, according to Kim, the inability to find common parlance with one’s star — or any cast member, for that matter — was hardly a stumbling block. Over lunch in Hollywood, the director went so far as to extend an inspirational message to other international moviemakers deficient in English-speaking skills. “Overseas directors who want to work in Hollywood, the language barrier is not a problem,” Kim said through a translator. “With the right talent, any director can be successful.” In his case, that talent pool includes none […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 1:49 p.m.

Life on Mars? Dutch company to offer one-way trips to the Red Planet

A screenshot from the Mars One introductory video (YouTube)
In 1990′s “Total Recall,” Arnold Schwarzenegger had a simple directive to himself: “Get your ass to Mars.” Now a nonprofit Dutch company is promising to help real-world tourists do just that. Mars One has announced plans to establish a colony on Mars by 2023 and they’re about to begin looking for prospective Martian pioneers. While the requirements for NASA’s astronaut program are demanding, assuring only the finest and fittest of humans will ever make it into space, Mars One is casting a wide net. Their requirements are resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust, creativity and resourcefulness. What about the ability to fly a spaceship or solve unforeseen, unimaginable problems being one of the first humans on an alien planet? Those, evidently, are skills that one picks up with time. Mars One only asks that applicants be at least 18 years […]
Dec. 03, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Conan’ producer: Arnold’s aging Barbarian faces self-doubt

When screenwriter-producer Chris Morgan met with Arnold Schwarzenegger this fall to pitch him a proposed sequel to “Conan the Barbarian,” the Governator required convincing on one matter above all others – and it had nothing to do with wearing a furry codpiece. At a time when Schwarzenegger, 65, is attempting to reclaim his throne in Hollywood after years stalking Sacramento’s corridors of power, why should he return to Conan? Why should he follow in his own footsteps to the pre-“Terminator” role that shot him to stardom? “To put yourself out there in your 60s? As Conan the Barbarian? I could see why he’d hesitate,” Morgan said. “You’re really putting yourself out there.” In the end, though, Morgan – whose screenwriting credits include the last four “Fast & the Furious” sequels and the hit 2008 Angelina Jolie thriller “Wanted” – convinced […]
Oct. 26, 2012 | 3:19 p.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan prepping for his ‘Unforgiven’ turn

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian," left, and during his term as governor of California, right. (Reuters; Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Before he was the Terminator, he was Conan the Barbarian. Now, some 30 years after his screen breakthrough in “Conan the Barbarian,” the former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to a new movie project that would see him reclaim his warrior’s throne. Universal confirmed today that it is moving forward on “The Legend of Conan,” as the new movie will be titled (with a planned release in 2014). The project arrives as the latest splashy star vehicle for the Governator, who inhabits a small part in two “Expendables” films, will be next seen as a small-town sheriff battling a drug cartel in “The Last Stand,” set for release early next year, and is currently filming “Ten,” a David Ayer-directed thriller in which he portrays a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Created in the 1930s by pulp author Robert […]
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