Skip to comments.Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a star
Posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv
A year after leaving the California governor's office and becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the 65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.
None are likely to win Schwarzenegger an Oscar. Indeed, the movies, and Schwarzenegger's own fee, are low-budget compared with his global blockbusters of yore. But studio executives are betting that overseas fans especially will once again respond to a personality whose 24 films generated worldwide ticket sales of $3.9 billion, according to boxoffice.com.
"He is still a worldwide star who resonates with action audiences around the world," said Rob Friedman, the co-chairman of the Lionsgate motion picture group, which is scheduled to release his next two films. "The Last Stand" will open on January 18, and "The Tomb" in September.
"Ten," the third film, is scheduled for release in January 2014 by Open Road Films, a joint venture of the AMC and Regal Theater chains.
"When you have left the movie business for seven years, it's kind of a scary thing to come back because you don't know if you're accepted or not," Schwarzenegger said at a Saturday press event for "The Last Stand."
"There could be a whole new generation of action stars that come up in the meantime."
The actor said he was "very pleasantly surprised" by what he called a "great reaction" to his cameo in the 2010 action film "The Expendables," which featured fellow action stars Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham. The film grossed $103.1 million in U.S. ticket sales and $274.5 million worldwide.
Since then, Schwarzenegger appeared in a second "Expendables" and says he will join a fifth installment of the "Terminator" if it is made.
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Schwarzenegger to head think tank
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Carla Marinucci
Posted on 08/05/2012 1:25:59 AM PDT by thecodont
[snip] ...he will head up the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy at University of Southern California, a think tank designed to explore “post-partisan” politics and global challenges. Among the luminaries working alongside him are former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and Nobel Prize-winning climate change scientist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri. [/snip]
His movies are just fun, that’s it.
No thanks. After his miserable stint in politics, I don’t think I could stand even watching some of his old movies again. They just wouldn’t be the same, I’m afraid.
Thanks to Sunkenciv!
Think tank or lobby group or money front or .......
” Schwarzenegger to head think tank...”
He can think?
You have to watch Predator at least once a year. I’m pretty sure it’s in the Geneva Convention...
I wouldn’t pay a dime to see that moron unless he was getting on a plane back to Austria.
No, he cannot think. He makes his living pretending to be other people. His foray into politics was a good example of what you see when a monkey climbs up a pole.
I’ve tried watching some of his reruns. Most of them are cringe worthy and I cannot figure out why he was every popular in the first place.
Eh, I’ll pass. I’ll watch an Arnie movie if it comes on tv (i.e. watch it for free), but I will never spend another dime for anything he’s involved in, movie or otherwise. I simply cannot support him after his commutation for Esteban Nuñez (convicted murderer and son of Arnie’s closest Democratic political ally). The “governator” didn’t even have the guts to let the victim’s family know ahead of time. Scumbag.
I saw the trailer for “The Stand”. I hope he never comes out in favor of gun control. It would be the epitome and full definition of hypocrisy...
Clint Eastwood on the other hand has aged gracefully and plays realistic roles as an old man.
I will NEVER pay one penny to watch a Schwarzenegger movie.
With a mid January opening and a September opening they know he’s not a star. Those are both dump zones for also ran movies. Especially January.