Sixth Day, The (2000) .... Adam Gibson
End of Days (1999)
.... Jericho Cane
Batman & Robin (1997)
 .... Mr. Freeze/Dr. Victor Fries
Jingle All the Way (1996)
.... Howard Langston
Eraser (1996)
.... U.S. Marshal John Kruger (the Eraser)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
.... The Terminator
Junior (1994)
.... Dr. Alex Hesse
True Lies (1994)
.... Harry Tasker
Beretta's Island (1994)
Century of Cinema, A (1994)
 .... Himself
Last Action Hero (1993)
 .... Jack Slater/Himself
Dave (1993)
.... Himself
Last Party, The (1993)
 .... Himself
Feed (1992)
.... Himself
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
 .... The Terminator
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
 .... John Kimble
Total Recall (1990)
 .... Douglas Quaid
Twins (1988)
 .... Julius Benedict
Red Heat (1988)
 .... Ivan Danko
Running Man, The (1987)
.... Ben Richards
Predator (1987)
 .... Dutch
Raw Deal (1986)
.... Kaminski

Commando (1985)
 .... Col. John Matrix
Red Sonja (1985)
 .... Kalidor
Terminator, The (1984)
.... The Terminator
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
 .... Conan
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
 .... Conan
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
 .... Lars
Villain, The (1979)
 .... Handsome Stranger
... aka Cactus Jack (1979)
Pumping Iron (1977)
 .... Himself
Stay Hungry (1976)
 .... Joe Santo
Long Goodbye, The (1973)
.... One of Augustine's Hoods
Hercules in New York (1970)
... Hercules






Anyone who foolishly stumbled into the needlessly unpleasant End Of Days expecting Arnold Schwarzenegger to have re-established himself as the Number One Action Movie Star Of All Time, will now know that his career is all but shafted. Coming on the back of the disgraceful Batman And Robin, End Of Days is exactly what Arnie didn’t need; a mid-Eighties action movie, in which he once again attempts to exercise his palsied acting muscle, and for which the entire budget appeared to have been blown on the unjustifiably expensive star.

If nothing else, the 1990s saw a shift away from mindless action to more cerebral fare. From the snappy dialogue of Tarantino, to the balletic grace of John Woo, audiences demand more than the same muscle-bound actors playing the same roles, performing the same stunts. Stallone swung with the times, larding himself up for Copland, and receiving critical acclaim for it, while Bruce Willis has chosen his roles wisely since Die Hard, The Sixth Sense effectively destroying any memories of grubby vests and “Yippee-ki-yay” muthafuckery.

Schwarzenegger, however, seems mired in the past. Were there any justice in this world, 75% of everything he’s ever done – Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Eraser, Junior, Last Action Hero, Jingle All The Way, End Of Days – would’ve gone direct to video. In fact, he’s only ever made three truly great movies; The Terminator, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, in which he played a emotionless cyborg, and spoke but a handful of lines, and True Lies.  By no coincidence, all three were written and directed by James Cameron; the only man in Hollywood who seems able to make Schwarzenegger shine.

The fact remains that Schwarzenegger is good for one thing only; firing a gun, and sooner or later he’s going to be so old, wrinkled, and crippled with heart problems, that his attempts to do even that will look ridiculously clumsy. His absurd forays into comedy have repeatedly fallen flat, and only when he attempts to stretch himself as an actor – see the “crying” scene in End Of Days – is he genuinely comic. The sooner Schwarzenegger or, more likely, his agent, realise that his $20 million presence in a movie severely limits its budget, and decide to lower his fee, the better. Typically, if a Schwarzenegger movie works, it’s likely to have little to do with its star. His legend eclipses the reality.

Something must be done and fast, if he’s ever to claw back his dignity, and play out his remaining days with grace. Here we name five movies which, if done properly, would let the Schwarzenegger magic sparkle. And make him a bit less shit.

Apparently already in the works sans the involvement of series co-creator James Cameron, or Schwarzenegger himself, we can’t see a Terminator movie working with neither at oppsite ends of a camera. Arnie as The Terminator is an icon; there isn’t another actor who could fill those shades. Grimacing and saying nothing is what Arnie does best; he was born to play this role.

Since the early 1990s, Crusade has been tipped as Arnie’s next project, re-teaming him with director Paul Verhoeven. The rumours have been ongoing for so long now, that it’ll be a miracle if the movie ever gets made – particularly now that the originall mooted studio, Carolco, has gone bust. Nevertheless, Crusade has gone down in legend as the ultimate potential Schwarzenegger movie, in which the floppy-titted Austrian would play a feudal serf carrying Christ’s crucifixion cross back to Rome – hacking his way through hordes of anti-social heathens, as he goes.

Highly likely to get made, given that the original cast and writer/director James Cameron are all keen, we’re happy for any opportunity to see Cameron and Schwarzenegger team up once more. By keeping the action on the border of parody the whole time – while being genuinely thrilling – Cameron made the original movie the star, while fooling Arnold into thinking he was. Silly idiot.

Another oft-mooted project, in which Schwarzenegger would’ve played the last human left alive on an Earth populated by cannibalistic zombies - thereby making his interaction with other people somewhat limited (and thereby making for a better movie overall). The script is intelligent, and the once-attached director Ridley Scott would’ve got the best out of Schwarzenegger. Too bad it won’t be getting made any time soon.

Based upon the comic by Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow – and not the John Woo actioner – a Hard Boiled movie has been rumoured for about a year now. Though it has been Nicholas Cage and not Schwarzenegger whose name has been attached, we’d kill to see Arnie playing Nixon, the malfunctioning, homicidal cyborg tax collector, cutting a swathe of destruction through a future city as he makes his way home to his imaginary family. Sort of Jingle All The Way meets The Terminator.


Arnie as Doctor Octopus? Don’t be stupid.

Arnie was once tipped to star in Alien 3 when Sigourney Weaver was having doubts. We can’t see it, somehow…

Arnie’s big movie for next summer. A helicopter pilot crashes, and is left for dead. When he returns home, he finds he’s been replaced by an exact clone of himself. Yes. That sounds really… “excellent”.

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