Arnold Schwarzenegger moving forward with Western 'The Last Stand'


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It’s time once again to haul out those hoary old “I’ll be baaack” references. Less than two months after announcing that he was putting all of his Hollywood projects on hold as he weathered the scandal surrounding revelations he had fathered a child with his housekeeper, Arnold Schwarzenegger is evidently ready to get back in the saddle — with a Western, no less. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Deadline, the former California governor is moving ahead with a long-gestating project called The Last Stand, in which he will star as a small-town border sheriff battling a Mexican drug cartel. The film, which will mark the English-language debut of Korean director Jee-woon Kim (The Good, The Bad, The Weird), is set to begin production in September and will hit theaters next year. Schwarzenegger is also attached to play a horse trainer in the drama Cry Macho and has held discussions with director Justin Lin (Fast Five) about a potential fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, but those projects will move to the back burner behind The Last Stand.

In charting his post-political return to acting, Schwarzenegger, who will turn 64 later this month, has cited Clint Eastwood’s career as a model, and The Last Stand certainly sounds on the surface like it could have come out of the Eastwood playbook. But whether audiences are ready to welcome the one-time action icon back to the big screen in the wake of his personal scandal — and, for that matter, whether he can convincingly take on the Western genre, which might not seem quite as natural a fit for Schwarzenegger as playing, say, a killer cyborg from the future — remains to be seen.

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  • Bibi

    Wouldn’t pay a dime to see this pig.

    • BLT

      I’m w/ Bibi. Ahnuld should just retire. I know of no one that would pay money to see him “act” again. He is a jerk.

    • jonny

      get over yourselves. he’s no different than pretty much every other hollywood star. why is this a shock to anyone? a famous person abusing his status and milking past glory- whoa!, someone call cnn! gimme a break. you’ll go see it just like half of the USA

    • DGH

      Then why waste your time reading an article about him? Some people should really think before they let out thier thoughts.

    • Ivanhoe

      Are you kidding me?!?! Arnold is staple American kick-ass. Those who pooey Arnold aren’t in his fan-base, first off. Second, all of these actors and politicians are scumbags. To say Arnolds dirty laundry is the bench-mark for boycott……we’d break Hollywood within weeks!

  • Countryclub

    Arnie needs a paycheck

  • Dan Too

    “sheriff battling a Mexican drug cartel” in the southwest doesn’t make it a ‘Western.’ Sounds more like ‘Walking Tall part 10.’

  • jane

    Clint Eastwood’s career, huh. Never going to happen Arnold.

    • Stevex

      Arnold, go find yourself a little private island someplace and fade away. We don’t care.

  • jason8

    Last Stand …Really? He really screwed up …Please change the name Arnie…This one is alittle Ironic

  • lmao

    Loser couldn’t act before he couldny govern, so who cares?

    • D’s Advocate

      You do, Commenty McCommentson.

  • stickittotheman

    Hey, a year from now all of you losers will have forgotten the affairs and the children-out-of-wedlock. You will watch an awesome trailer with great, Arnoldesque dialogue and will pay good money for a ticket. It will not be crazy popular, but will make money. The lemmings will follow….

  • lastmanstanding

    If it’s a good action movie, people will flock to it. Doesn’t matter if Arnold can’t act…that’s old news. The scandal will be also old news long B4 the movie comes out. Already is, in fact.

  • bill

    lastmanstanding, you are a douche bag and you would like a guy like arnold.

    • no u didnt

      bill your a dumb ^$$ all you people need to get over yourselves, like none of you ever sinned seriously the losers here are the ones casting stones!

  • vomit

    “Great, Arnoldesque dialog?” Are you kidding? The man can’t act, his “performances” are on par with those from an Ed Wood film, and he couldn’t call his dog and make it believable. Comparing himself to Eastwood?? Again, can’t act, and he is not fit to direct infomercials. Go away Ahnald. It’s clear from these posts that you should go away. You are a joke.

    • Dee Dee

      I agree with you, Vomit. Hate the cheating, arrogant, lying, untalented, ugly Arnold. He should go back to Austria (if they want him).

  • wgalvira

    This is a perfect example of how positively awesome it is to be filthy rich. Maria is taking half of everything Arnold has ,but Arnold is still having a great life.

  • ATK

    Anyone who thinks Arnold can’t do a western needs to watch the Villian.

  • Jijji Moran

    I don’t like westerns, but will watch him in any other good movie, like “The Terminator”.

    We all make mistakes, people. Give the guy a chance, and leave the judging to his wife and family.

  • Roder

    There seem to be a lot of people who have never made mistakes posting here, casting their stones at Arnold.

  • Darrin

    Scandal or not, I have a really hard time believing a 64-year-old with an Austrian accent and incredibly-limited acting range can draw an audience in any kind of movie, especially considering how long it’s been since he last had a hit movie.

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