This blew my mind this past weekend when I heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger was leaving office (I heard he was stepping down and I just haven’t had enough time to find out why or if it was because he simply did not run for re-election). Anyway, everyone is wondering if he would go back to acting and as much as I would love for him to be in some good movies, I agree with the article below, from ew.com, that his last bunch of films were crap (even T3 left much to be desired, in my opinion).Â And he is looking pretty old now, also, if he does movies again, they would have to be carefully chosen and written specifically for him. Like Live Free or Die Hard or Rambo or Rocky Balboa. Things that are meant as a vehicle for him to bring huge box office bundles of cash.
Anyway, what do you think? Here’s the article, again from ew:
Categories: Politics as Entertainment
Image Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; AFP/Getty ImagesWhether you agree with his politics or not, Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ€™s 2003 election to the California governorship was a defining moment in the evolution of American society. It wasnâ€™t the first time that a celebrity with zero political experience has ascended to high political office â€” â€œPappyâ€ Oâ€™Daniel, anyone? â€” but the sheer unlikelihood of Schwarzeneggerâ€™s rise is astounding. You could argue that Schwarzeneggerâ€™s election was an â€œOnly in Americaâ€ rags-to-riches storyâ€¦ or you could note that his status as one of the most powerful politicians in the country AND one of the biggest movie stars in history is the best indication yet that we are already living in an Orwellian dystopic future. Either way, weâ€™re left pondering the same question: Does the man still have a movie career?
Itâ€™s easy to forget that, before Schwarzenegger assumed office, he wasnâ€™t exactly setting the world on fire anymore. He was coming off of three utterly forgettable action movies â€” 1999â€²s End of Days, 2000â€²s The 6th Day, and 2002â€²s Collateral Damage â€” before he took a role in 2003â€²s Terminator 3. That movie was a big hit, and it proves what a canny businessman Schwarzenegger can be: By revisiting his classic â€™80s franchise, he set a template that fellow aging action stars would follow later in the decade. (See: Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard and Sylvester Stallone in everything he has done in the last five years.) Schwarzenegger was also riding the kooky-cameo gravy train with very bit parts in The Rundown and Around the World in 80 Days.
Itâ€™s not too crazy to suggest that, if he hadnâ€™t of run for governor, Schwarzenegger would have continued to follow that cameo/sequel structure. (Oh, what might have been! Maybe Schwarzenegger could have played the celebrity cameo role in Zombieland? Or perhaps that long-discussed Commando reboot couldâ€™ve just been a way, way, way-too-late sequel?) And itâ€™s entirely possible that, free from the constraints of political office, heâ€™ll slip right back into that career track. He already had a brief cameo role in The Expendables, and you have to figure that Stallone would love to give his old friend a bigger role in the sequel. But does Schwarzenegger even want to act anymore?
I hope so, because I think the guy still has one more great role in him â€” and itâ€™s a role that only he can play. In the classic closing moments of 1982â€²s Conan the Barbarian, we see a much-older Conan, who has become a true King. But itâ€™s not a joyful moment â€” he wears the jeweled crown upon a â€œtroubled brow,â€ and the implication is that, even though the savage has achieved everything he ever dreamed of in life, his life has only become more complicated, even dangerous. What better role for Schwarzenegger, who ascended to the highest political office available to him, only to now leave that office with incredibly low approval ratings? King Conan: the role Arnold Schwarzenegger was born to play!
What do you think, PopWatchers? Should Schwarzenegger return to any of his old franchises? Do you think he even wants to act anymore? Or should he settle in for a long, happy career of brief cameos in Hangover sequels?
Also, quick note for Schwarzenegger fans: in honor of the Governatorâ€™s final day in office, PopWatch Rewind is hosting a special week-long examination of three of his most iconic films. Check back tomorrow for an in-depth look at Conan the Barbarian (Arnold punches a camel!), followed on Wednesday by a close thematic reading of Commando (Arnold slices a manâ€™s arm off!), and finishing up on Thursday with an exquisite exploration of Predator (Arnold punches an alien!).