Tom Arnold, James Cameron & Schwarzenegger Once Again?
Does Tom Arnold really want a True Lies sequel that bad? The NY Times recently published a profile on comedian Tom Arnold, and the very last paragraph of the 3-page article includes this weird quote. "All I know is Jim Cameron's making it and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California… It's not going to be called True Lies II, but it might as well be. I can live with that." What the hell? When did this happen? Apparently he mentioned this on the Howard Stern Show a few months back and it's supposedly just some bullsh*t.
Of course Tom Arnold wants to give his career a huge boost again by working with one of the most beloved directors at the moment, who wouldn't? But that's just it - he's probably hyping this up purely as a way of trying to actually make it happen. Anyone who has talked with James Cameron in the last year knows that not only is he 100% dedicated to Avatar, but that his future is focused on more 3D projects, including another drama, the Heavy Metal ensemble film, or the long-awaited Battle Angel project he's been attached to forever. There's no True Lies 2 that's actually in the works, as far as I've ever heard in the last few years.
This almost wasn't even worth mentioning, except that I just think - to be frank - it's a fun story. In theory, who wouldn't love to see True Lies 2? I know that the original is one of Cameron's biggest departures from the usual epic, sci-fi movies he normally makes, but it was hilarious, crazy, and awesome, and I still love it. For now, until we hear more from Cameron, we'll entertain this idea just for the hell of it. Sound good?
Update: Harry over at Ain't It Cool News got an email from Cameron addressing this and, as expected, it's pretty much a bunch of BS. "I think Tom was joking. There are no plans for a True Lies 2. I don't know about the creative direction thing… I'm always down for a good action/comedy. But since September 11, I've never felt comfortable generating laughs with nuke-toting Islamic fundamentalist terrorists." Though he does go on to say: "But if we ever do another True Lies, I wouldn't dream of doing it without Tom. He's a good friend and a very funny guy." So there you have it - don't believe any of Tom Arnold's shenanigans!