Arnold Schwarzenegger Also Looks to Take on Drama in 'Cry Macho'
by Ethan Anderton
April 29, 2011
His return to acting already includes an animated superhero known as The Governator, a role in Jee-Woon Kim's next film, and a return to his most iconic role as The Terminator for Fast Five director Justin Lin. Well, how about we throw another project onto the rapidly growing slate of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but this time it's a drama. Vulture reports the action icon will take a role in a drama called Cry Macho from director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Al Ruddy, producer of such acclaimed dramas as Million Dollar Baby and The Godfather. In fact, it sounds like Cry Macho might be his first real returning to acting.
The plan right now is to shoot the film this summer, but funds still need to be raised at the Cannes Film Festival next month. So what's the story? Apparently it's based on N. Richard Nash's novel of the same name (apparently he also wrote the script before he passed away in 2000) and would have Schwarzengger playing a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’s 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Of course, things take an unexpected turn, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.
Apparently Schwarzenegger was involved with the project over a decade ago before politics became his primary focus. Could be a nice departure from the action everyone is expecting from Schwarzenegger upon his return. I've never been entirely convinced by his dramatic chops, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Hell, if Dwayne Johnson is looking to play a country singing sensation, then Schwarzenegger can try this out without my having a gripe. What do you think?