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Schwarzenegger talks the upcoming Breacher, the now classic Predator, the failed Crusades, and more

Sep. 24, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Most action fans are pretty excited to see Arnold Schwarzenegger stepping out of the political limelight and getting back into the movie spotlight.  It will have been almost ten years since the actor/governator graced the screen in a lead role by the time his upcoming THE LAST STAND hits theaters with a bevy of projects to follow.  It's about damn time. 

In the latest issue of Empire, Schwarzenegger reveals some interesting bits about his role in David Ayer's (END OF WATCH) upcoming BREACHER, the appeal of PREDATOR, the "almost's" of DIE HARD and THE ROCK, and finally, the failure of Paul Verhoeven's CRUSADE film at the hands of the director. 

On BREACHER and it's similarity to PREDATOR:

"BREACHER, especially, will be very like a new PREDATOR," he adds. "It's a team around me and they get knocked off until there's only me left. Except in this case there will be a different twist to the whole thing instead of some alien monster."

"I think that PREDATOR, when I look back at it, was a very appealing kind of a movie. It was also good that I was not the only star of it. I mean, I was the star of it because at the end the focus goes to me, but you can let other people shine too give them screen time and not be in every scene. So I think that’s what I like about BREACHER and the way it’s written. But it is a great character, an extremely interesting character and very well written. David Ayers is really talented."

On an encounter with a drug-induced Don Simpson about THE ROCK:

As Arnie tells the tale, '80s super producer Don Simpson burst into his trailer "totally stoned" one day with 85 pages of THE ROCK's script with handwritten notes all over it by Jerry Bruckheimer.

"He says, 'Here, look at this script. But don't read it! Just, here's what the premise is. He was all over the place," he explains. "I said, 'Look, Don. I can't make a commitment based on what you're showing me here. You won't even let me read the script! Why don't you bake it some more, develop it some more then we'll talk again.' He was very upset. He just walked out and then went to Nicolas Cage with the part..."

Schwarzenegger as John McClane?:

As for DIE HARD, "...there was an unfinished script, which someone gave me and said, 'Would you want to play this?' I was working with Joel Silver on PREDATOR and DIE HARD was his next movie. So we talked about it but then he hired Bruce Willis."

Verhoeven sinks CRUSADE:

"It was all written and ready to go but then Paul started going crazy. We had the final meeting with the studio and we were all sitting at this boardroom table. They said, 'So the budget is $100 million. That's a lot of money. What kind of guarantees do you have that we will get it for 100 and it won't go up to 130?'"

"He says, 'What do you mean, guarantees'?" booms Schwarzenegger, imitating the Dutch firebrand auteur. "There's no such thing as guarantees! Guarantees don't happen and if anyone promises you guarantees, they're lying! We don't even know that if you want out of the building here you won't get hit by a truck. There's no guarantee that we're going to make it 'til tomorrow! I cannot have control over God I don't even believe in God, why am I talking about God? But someone, nature, could just rain for three months and then what do we do? How can I give you a guarantee? This is ludicrous!"

"I kept kicking him under the table and trying to tell him to shut up while we're ahead," Arnie adds. "But he just wouldn't, and that was it. That was the end of that movie. Paul always tried to be honest, but you can be a little bit selective about when to be honest and when to just move on with the project. It was a shame."

It's been a long time since we've heard Arnold talk movies and with such a wide array of films to his credit the guy has most definitely got some stories to tell.  Being the most bankable action star in his heyday, he was probably offered everything under the sun, so it's cool just to imagine what could've been.  Schwarzenegger will next be seen in THE LAST STAND, which opens January 18, 2013, followed by THE TOMB on September 27, 2013.  He is currently prepping BREACHER, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, and the unfortunate TRIPLETS (sequel to TWINS). 

If your thirst for all things Schwarzenegger is still present, then you can always pick up his memoir, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, which hits bookshelves on October 1, 2012.  Here's the trailer (yes, a trailer for a book.  I know.):

Extra Tidbit: I'd love to see Schwarzenegger dust off director John McTiernan for another pic. Who would you like to see Arnold re-team with?
Source: Empire

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10:32AM on 09/25/2012

Did Arnold just spoiled the movie?

"It's a team around me and they get knocked off until there's only me left." Okay, I guess I won't have to play the guessing game of who will stay alive besides the main character. It would have been obvious, but still. :-(
"It's a team around me and they get knocked off until there's only me left." Okay, I guess I won't have to play the guessing game of who will stay alive besides the main character. It would have been obvious, but still. :-(
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9:25PM on 09/24/2012

I'll be back.

Like to see Schwarzenegger play the main villain in the next Avatars. I would like to see him in a Chris Nolan film or even Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
Like to see Schwarzenegger play the main villain in the next Avatars. I would like to see him in a Chris Nolan film or even Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
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8:47PM on 09/24/2012
Dust off? the man is busy appealing his one year prison sentence. Though I'd love that too.
Dust off? the man is busy appealing his one year prison sentence. Though I'd love that too.
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6:40PM on 09/24/2012

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Team him up with anyone from Predator again; preferably Ventura or Weathers. And have Shane Black write/direct it. Well, I'd go see it.

Anyway, the notion of him going toe-to-toe with Ed Harris and Sean Connery is pretty funny. I'd be curious to know if they always had the character as a nerdy lab-rat type, or if they just adjusted it that way for Cage, since it would have been interesting seeing Arnie play it that way.
Team him up with anyone from Predator again; preferably Ventura or Weathers. And have Shane Black write/direct it. Well, I'd go see it.

Anyway, the notion of him going toe-to-toe with Ed Harris and Sean Connery is pretty funny. I'd be curious to know if they always had the character as a nerdy lab-rat type, or if they just adjusted it that way for Cage, since it would have been interesting seeing Arnie play it that way.
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6:26PM on 09/24/2012

Arnold

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6:24PM on 09/24/2012
I'd love to see arnold on Howard Stern! I'm sure howard could get a ton of great stories out of him... I'm gonna check this book out for sure!
I'd love to see arnold on Howard Stern! I'm sure howard could get a ton of great stories out of him... I'm gonna check this book out for sure!
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4:21PM on 09/24/2012
To the people saying they hope Arnie teams with James Cameron again... not in this lifetime.

Unless you want to see Arnold suit up for an Avatar movie... which I don't want to see.
To the people saying they hope Arnie teams with James Cameron again... not in this lifetime.

Unless you want to see Arnold suit up for an Avatar movie... which I don't want to see.
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3:15PM on 09/24/2012

Worried

Sigh... I love Arnie (jeez I just watched Predator last night again!), but I've got a nagging suspicion that "old Arnie" is not going to come back all that well. He looked out of it in the Expendables 2, did anyone else pick that up? Anyhow, let's hope I'm wrong!
Sigh... I love Arnie (jeez I just watched Predator last night again!), but I've got a nagging suspicion that "old Arnie" is not going to come back all that well. He looked out of it in the Expendables 2, did anyone else pick that up? Anyhow, let's hope I'm wrong!
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3:02PM on 09/24/2012
James Cameron and paul Verhoven
James Cameron and paul Verhoven
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2:56PM on 09/24/2012

Pity about Crusades

everytime i hear about that project it stings; Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger back together in an R-rated war epic, that's the stuff dreams are made of, oh well. Got to grab that issue for more good stuff!
everytime i hear about that project it stings; Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger back together in an R-rated war epic, that's the stuff dreams are made of, oh well. Got to grab that issue for more good stuff!
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2:38PM on 09/24/2012

The Last Stand got sidelined to the death spot in January where all bad movies are shovelled to so I'm hesitant to say "he's back"

Plus during the self imposed break he took the action movie was pushed out of the way in exchange for the PG13 comic book movie. His kind of hard R action doesn't break records like it used to and is a lot harder to get made.
I'm glad he's working again. Like everyone I love all his old action movies. I'm worried this comeback thing will end up being more bad than good.
Plus during the self imposed break he took the action movie was pushed out of the way in exchange for the PG13 comic book movie. His kind of hard R action doesn't break records like it used to and is a lot harder to get made.
I'm glad he's working again. Like everyone I love all his old action movies. I'm worried this comeback thing will end up being more bad than good.
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3:28PM on 09/24/2012
THE GREY came out in January and it's one of the best movies of the year.
THE GREY came out in January and it's one of the best movies of the year.
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2:04PM on 09/24/2012
I want to see Arnold work with Cameron and Verhoven again. Both of those directors work very well with Arnold, and they're both great directors.
I want to see Arnold work with Cameron and Verhoven again. Both of those directors work very well with Arnold, and they're both great directors.
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1:06PM on 09/24/2012
They offered him the Nic Cage role in the Rock. They must have completely re-written it. It is more believable to me that he would be in the Connery role and just be a spy from a different country.
They offered him the Nic Cage role in the Rock. They must have completely re-written it. It is more believable to me that he would be in the Connery role and just be a spy from a different country.
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11:49AM on 09/24/2012
I am certain that I will be picking up that magazine! Perhaps that book too! The idea of a trailer for a book is dumb, but it wasn't bad.
I am certain that I will be picking up that magazine! Perhaps that book too! The idea of a trailer for a book is dumb, but it wasn't bad.
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10:58AM on 09/24/2012
This Empire issue is a must buy! Extra tidbit: Arnold and James Cameron - it doesn't need to be Terminator. It could be a sort of survival story meets the unknown i.e. The Abyss.
This Empire issue is a must buy! Extra tidbit: Arnold and James Cameron - it doesn't need to be Terminator. It could be a sort of survival story meets the unknown i.e. The Abyss.
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10:45AM on 09/24/2012
I love interviews like this, the REAL behind-the-scenes of movie-making.

As for the timbit, I'd love Arnie to reteam with Cameron for another non-Terminator related film.
I love interviews like this, the REAL behind-the-scenes of movie-making.

As for the timbit, I'd love Arnie to reteam with Cameron for another non-Terminator related film.
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10:59AM on 09/24/2012
I didn't see your comment until I posted mine. You read my mind exactly :]
I didn't see your comment until I posted mine. You read my mind exactly :]
6:35PM on 09/24/2012
Great minds think alike! :)
Great minds think alike! :)
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