Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to acting and considering offers, the question becomes: what roles are out there for a 63-year-old action star who hasn’t starred in a movie since 2003? According to Arnold: plenty. The Arnold Fans [via AICN] spoke to Schwarzenegger at his annual bodybuilding competition, The Arnold Classic. When asked about what scripts he was considering, Schwarzenegger told his fans:
“Well, first of all it’s more 15 films, obvious ones from The Terminator to remakes of Predator and The Running Man and all of those things. Then also a lot of original stuff too. But I am also packaging a Comic Book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime by the end of March or the beginning of April.”
Hit the jump for my thoughts on Arnold’s future.
Arnold seems to be awfully in demand for a guy who hasn’t had a hit film in over a decade. Even before he went into politics, he was tanking with films like End of Days, The 6th Day, and Collateral Damage. Even Terminator 3 was a flop domestically and only earned $150 million of its $200 million budget.
So do studios really want him back to lead potentially major franchises? Possibly. It’s also possible that, like any smart businessman, Schwarzenegger is leveraging other offers to increase his asking price and/or get offers on other films. He may be getting offered “roles”, but are they starring roles or are they cameos and supporting work? Even Schwarzenegger said that he was looking at more age-appropriate roles at this point in his career.
I’m curious to see where Schwarzenegger goes post-governorship, but I have difficulty believing we’re going to see studios give him back his old franchises when they could build it on a younger, cheaper actor instead.