Arnold Talks About His Terminator and Expendables Cameos
I've said before that this may finally be the year that we see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the big screen, if only just briefly, but it looks like it will happen. Arnold appeared at the 2009 Arnold Classic and TheArnoldFans.com was there to ask him about appearing in both McG's Terminator Salvation and Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. He gave a lengthy political answer to the question, but in brief, he said that he will shoot a very small cameo in Expendables and he might show up in Terminator, but he doesn't want McG to sell the movie based entirely on his appearance. I don't think that'll be a problem!
You can read the full transcript on their site, but I've pulled the most important parts to read below.
"As I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I'm happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it. I don't believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say you know Arnold is in the movie and everyone thinks that I'm the Terminator and in fact you only see one second of me in there and so I don't think that's the right thing to do. And you know that's the danger of that, and that's why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn't get promoted that way."
"Naturally when [Sly] asked me if I would do a cameo, which will just be something quick, like I walk out of a hotel or out of a office building and he will walk up and we will bump into each other and there will be some mumbling and then we will walk off. So it will be something very simple, that will be again, just a cameo, so that's what we're going to do. I promised him I'd do that and I'm looking forward to that."
It obviously sounds like he'll show up in The Expendables more than Terminator Salvation, though I don't think McG will give up until he sneaks Arnold in there somehow. As McG has hinted at previously, we may see a younger, 1984-like Arnold in his movie, which could be a completely CGI creation, without his approval, although we'll have to wait until May to see that. Whatever happens, I'm excited to see Arnold appearing in some movies again. I miss the guy, he's been away from Hollywood for too long, and although I know he's the Governator int the state I now live in, he needs some screen time, too! Are you excited?