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Arnold Schwarzenegger Also Looks to Take on Drama in 'Cry Macho'

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April 29, 2011

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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?

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  • Princess Kate Middleton
    Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to do more dramas rather than just doing huge action blockbusters because he pigeonholed himself as an actor who just did action movies. He is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more dramas, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.
    • Kate don't you have a wedding to be attending? If Arnold gets an oscar that'd be ridiculous, it'd be as crazy as him becoming a governor of a state. Oh yeah, that actually happened.
    • Chip_Tha_Ripper
      Whats with all you guys and saying Arnold needs to do DRAMA movies? sure one here and there but face it it would be like trying to read ALEX write about Sports and not movies! He makes money off of ACTION, not drama. Sorry kids but he will be doing more action movies.
      • In his electric wheelchair?
        • ED
          hey man take it easy.Eastwood is directing on wheelchair?
          • Chip_Tha_Ripper
            Stallone is doing it, Norris still does it, jackie chan still does it. what are you oing with yourself that is better than them crapola?
          • I think the difference between Eastwood directing from a wheelchair and Arnie actually doing action sequences is pretty obvious. You don't see Eastwood on film when he is directing do you? Do you actually want a man in a wheelchair to do stunts? Like flying through windows and doing skids and saying 'ahll be baaaack'. Sorry Chip, but Norris is a clown, Stallone is a steroid addict and Jackie Chan hasn't done a good film in years. Hollywood just doesn't know how to say 'enough's enough'.
    • Monty
      With that accent, he’s already a full blown character. Imagine ‘Ahnald’ as the dad in “Ordinary People”, or King George in “The Kings Speech”. It doesn’t work! He’s not a dramatic actor. He plays the character that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. It can be in a SciFi movie like Total Recall or a military man in Predator, all of his (good) characters are degrees of himself. Unless you did some sort of meta like JCVD film or put his weird character in a drama that makes sense like The Wrestler did for Rourke, Arnold is going to be Arnold. And I don’t really think thats a bad thing…just don’t expect his movies to take home any oscars that arent for mixing or special effects.
  • Last Son
    He told us he'd be back...
  • jah p
    I think he needs to do comedies from here on out. I can't seriously take him for an action star anymore, he really looks that bad, guess all the steriods took its toll...look at his sagging skin especially compared to someone like Lou Ferrigno and even Stallone too.
  • ED
    Arnie,please involve in Avatar 2.

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