Arnold Schwarzenegger unlikely to return full-time to movies, says director -- EXCLUSIVE

Ivan-ReitmanImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosIvan Reitman helped turn Arnold Schwarzenegger from a muscleman to a funnyman with movies such as Twins and Kindergarten Cop, but the filmmaker doesn’t think his old friend will return to movies full-time now that he is no longer governor of California.

Schwarzenegger hasn’t said definitively what his next step will be, though he did a handful of cameos while governor, most notably joining the menagerie of veteran action stars for Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. While Hollywood and many of his longtime fans wonder if he’ll try to return to his leading man days, Reitman thinks he will largely focus his efforts on public policy, which could mean running for another public office or perhaps just advocating for particular issues. (Schwarzenegger didn’t succeed much in helping California’s budget crisis, but he was regarded as a strong force for environmental issues.) 

“I had a lovely talk with him about a month ago, and my guess is he will continue in government work,” the director told EW at the premiere of his latest film, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher comedy No Strings Attached. “He’s joked around about coming back to acting, but I think really he would like to do something serious.”

Serious like Black Swan? “No,” Reitman laughed, “serious in the real world.”

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  • SuicideSamurai

    How about a Mr. Freeze spin off series for DC with Nolan directing?

    • Robin

      I dunno about that.

      But I think Reitman is gunning a role as the Scarecrow… no mask needed!!

      • ed

        You stop picking on Mr Reitman sir. There is nothing wrong with his pic. He always looked like that and he is getting old ….just like your old ass too.

  • Summer Bay

    He will probably pop up in a few things with cameos.

  • Bill

    BOOOOOO! We need him back. Action movies haven’t been quite the same. Though Sly has been giving it his all.

  • George W. Bush

    Put Arnold in a new Conan movie. This “reboot” that is coming out this year looks awful.

  • Team Edwin

    Terminator 5 BAbY! He said He’d be back!

  • deg

    good. keep it that way

  • jeff

    As long as it keeps him out of politics and pardoning cold blooded murderers, yeah, go back to the movies.

  • ajay c

    How can this Austrian immigrant even consider running for public office again. I mean, he left CA in shambles. After receiving the lowest approval rating in the nation as a Gov., why would he ever think people will vote for him again. This guy’s out to lunch.

    • Diane

      I don’t think he’d run for office again, but he might set up himself up as a lobbyist or a Fox news commentator

  • Marty

    He should consider doing a remake of True Lies. Or He could do an RV 2 he would be funny trying to drive an RV across country.
    I hope he comes back to film I have missed him..

  • Liz

    I never thought he could act—go back to muscle man! I heard he’d not allow his wife to wear slacks! Yes, that surprised me! She’s a great TV commentator. What she ever saw in this man still surprises everyone I know in the business.

  • Laurie

    what does he mean Acting “AGAIN”? Dear Lord, I truly hope NO ONE took him Seriously these past 10 YEARS! Dear Lord, He BANKRUPT the entire State of California and left it in RUINS for a good man, A great Democrat, Jerry Brown, to pick up his ashes of ruin!! Another Ronald Reagan!! HOLLYWOOD – Leave California Politics ALONE!!!

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