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Harry interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of THE LAST STAND. We cover a lot of ground!


Hey folks, Harry here… Early this year, I spent a couple of days on the set of THE LAST STAND, which marks the former Governor of California’s first feature film star turn.  Yes, he’s had his cameos in the two EXPENDABLES films.  At the time of this interview, he had shot his cameo in the second one of those, but it had yet to be released. 


I had met Arnold at a lunch with Stallone & my wife Yoko, back in 2007, where he mainly chatted with Yoko about our friend Marcus Owens, a noted badass in Austin.   I’d spent most of the morning in a really chilly cornfield in New Mexico.  The corn was very fragile, left up long after it should have been harvested, just so that Arnold and Eduardo Noriega could do some crazy car stunts in Malachai’s domain.  Sorry, different film, but really…  what film geek goes to a cornfield and not think of that freaky ginger?


I’d met Eduardo Noriega on the set of DEVIL’S BACKBONE in Spain, where he was also playing a bit of a bastard.   But for me, the big excitement was the opportunity to actually watch Jee-Woon Kim direct a film.


Jee-Woon Kim has directed A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, THE GOOD THE BAD THE WEIRD & I SAW THE DEVIL.  He is a South Korean Directing Badass – and here I was on his first American set watching him directing Arnold Schwarzenegger.   TOO COOL. 


The set was a bit muddy, but due to the frigid temps, the mud was frozen, until it warm up – which made getting me around, something bordering on hilarity.   Fatass in a wheelchair in a muddy cornfield, it was a good thing Schwarzenegger was there, we could use all the spare muscle we could find.  Sadly, Arnold never was required to heave ho on me.   But the thought was constantly in my mind. 

Now – if you’ve seen the most recent trailer, you’ve seen some of the shots I saw shot this day.   Watch for the scene where Arnold is in a car, that is on another car’s hood, and Arnie is leaning out the window firing into the windshield of the other car.   This was some of the subtle nuanced film work that I observed in my two days of shooting that I watched.


Arnold was quite taken with my new spikey hair do.  And wanted to have lunch with me where we would conduct the interview.   I recorded the interview on my iPad, but I was supposed to just have about 20 minutes with Arnold, that turned into over an hour. 


At the beginning of the interview, I, of course screwed up the recording, so we will join the interview already in progress.   I was asking what happened with CRUSADE, a legendary film project that Paul Verhoeven had been a part of for years.  What I didn’t know was that after Verhoeven, the project had a bit of a life with Ridley Scott – and here’s that part of the story…



Arnold Schwarzenegger: I think that they were called up by Time Warner… I think maybe they’ve joined forces with Time Warner… Something happened where someone said, “Look guys. I cannot go 20 million over a hundred. I have to actually cut 20 million, because we have these new guys and they don’t understand that you’re spending so much money, so do me a favor. Try to bring it in for 80” and Ridley Scott just walked. He says, “Forget it.” So then we were dead on DEEP FREEZE. He then went off and did THE CRUSADE, but then without me…


Harry Knowles: Yeah, he subbed Orlando Bloom for Arnold Schwarzenegger, that does not make sense.


AS: But in any case he did a great job with…


HK: But you owned the project now, right?


AS: I did, but then I sold it to the hairdresser. [Arnold asks someone the name of the hairdresser.”]


HK: Peter? That’s the hairdresser I know of.


AS: He had his hair straight back… He bought it for a few million dollars. They got the script… But ultimately he bought the script. (Laughs) I was involved in so many of those epic kind of movies, it could be…


HK: Well it’s like… What was the film WINGS AS EAGLES? That was a great script.


AS: WINGS AS EAGLES, that was the writer that did BRAVEHEART.


HK: Yeah, Randall Wallace.


AS: That’s right. What is he doing now?


HK: Randall? I haven’t heard of him doing much. You know it was him and Jonathan Hensleigh and that whole… Now Mark Protosevich is getting pretty good work nowadays. We hired him to do JOHN CARTER OF MARS when I was a part of doing that at Paramount and he turned in an amazing draft of it. The last act wasn’t quite worked out yet, but we could have gotten it where we’d be good to go, but the studio wanted to hire a “hotter” and flashier name and that guy ruined the script. So what made you choose…


AS: [Arnold turns to Yoko who is sitting next to Harry.] Let me ask you a question. What is your take on all of this movie stuff?


Yoko: I love it. I love getting to see what he does and getting to come to places like this.


HK: She’s never been to a cornfield before in her entire life.


[Everyone Laughs]


Yoko: I have never been to a cornfield before, now I have.


AS: Now you see the playground where I grew up in Austria. That’s how I grew up. It was cornfields and we were playing Hide and Seek in the cornfields and I spent a lot of time in places like this.


Yoko: See I always associate cornfields with ominous things, so thinking of little kids playing in a cornfield… It’s a different take on it.


HK: I just loved as we were driving up seeing the crew members just sort of disappear into the cornfields as we were approaching.


AS: There’s something nice about that. It’s also kind of weird.


HK: Yeah. It all goes back to Cary Grant for me. Watching NORTH BY NORTHWEST is just one of my favorite things ever. I actually got to see that film in the cornfields in California.


[The Tape Stops.]


HK: We do events at famous locations. I keep trying to talk them into doing a TERMINATOR 2 down in the ravine, in the wash area. I just always thought that would be probably the best location from T2.


AS: That would be funny.


HK: But we do all sorts of events like that. We did all of the John Waters films in Baltimore. Let’s see, what other weird stuff did we do? We did CHRISTMAS STORY at the house in Ohio where they shot. It gives people a connection to the places in the films and I’m always trying to inspire people to take a look at movies, but then use it as an excuse to maybe travel to explore the areas that are in the films or cultures of the films. If there’s a Viking movie, I’ll buy like a Viking drinking horn and host a screening where we are all drinking mead, which is sort of nasty actually. I always thought mead would be tastier since it came from honey, but it’s a little weird.


AS: Are you into Viking stories and all of that?


HK: Oh yeah. My father traced our family back to Olaf II from Norway, so as a result I’ve been raised by my father with a great love of Viking history.


AS: You maybe can help us. We have been trying to find a book that John Milius gave me to read 30 years ago when we did CONAN and it’s an old book written, as far as I remember, by a Swedish or Norwegian writer and it was translated and called THE VIKINGS. It was like three generations of Viking stories and it could easily be that the movie that Kurt Douglas did with Richard Fraser was based on that book.


HK: I love Ernest Borgnine in that film.


AS: I’m trying to find that book.


HK: I’ll find it for you. I actually think my father….


AS: It’s like a thousand pages and it’s three generations and it’s called THE VIKINGS. Milius is a little bit…


HK: How’s he doing?


AS: He’s back east, so he’s not in California. Franco Columbu used to treat him and do his physical therapy with him and all of that stuff.


HK: Is he able to talk now? I understand he had…


AS: He wasn’t able to then, but they say that he’s coming back slowly and that he’s doing well, but it must be so frustrating for someone that loves to talk. There’s no one that can hold court better than John Milius.


HK: I hate that I have never gotten to meet Milius. He’s so bigger than life. I’ve listened to every commentary he has done, read everything he has written, read every one of his drafts of unproduced scripts, all sorts of stuff… His KING CONAN was one of those that I was really rooting for, but then the rights got all weird on it.


AS: You mean the one that he wrote… The last…


HK: The older one. I actually think that would still play.


AS: I think it would be a great story, yeah.


HK: I thought it was fantastic.


AS: Now they’ve screwed it up again.


HK: People screw it up, but at the same time if the Millenium guys could get their hands on that script and get you in there to be an older Conan I think it would be magnificent. That’s what the fans wanted. It’s the reason… Momoa, who played Conan, he had the right look, but the director was this guy who didn’t understand that Conan needed to have a little bit of the Devil in him. His eyes needed to light up more, but he never really directed it to that which I thought was a shame.


AS: You’re right. You understand it or you don’t. I mean I’m sure the director did everything he could in his power or his talent, but you know you have to be born for that.


HK: Didn’t you have your run in with Marcus Nispel? I do think you have to be born for it, but Marcus Nispel… I worked with him on his TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake he did and I found him a little bit crazy and I believe he was working with you at one point on END OF DAYS.


AS: END OF DAYS yeah, but I think that the background that he comes from which is doing commercials and being a person that was into the visual feast… He was so much looking forward to scenes and what the visuals were, but didn’t talk much about the meaning of the story. The whole thing about Millenium and the Devil coming back… He could never really get into that whole thing, so eventually… Also he spent a lot of… He was very expensive. I think the script was meant to be like 80 million, but eventually went to a 100 and then…


HK: Then he had that contract that he wanted everybody to follow about him having to have a lot of orange on set and all of these weird. It got published by TMZ at some point, but…


AS: Someone published it. I don’t know who it was…


HK: Well actually I don’t think TMZ was around back then.


AS: Yeah, I don’t think it was around then.


HK: I did not publish it. (Laughs)


[An assistant to Arnold comments “It’s usually him.”]


HK: We commented on it, because it was just a crazy document.


AS: Yeah, it was totally wacky.


HK: But I saw that movie very early. Peter Hyams brought me out to show it to me over at Light Storm. I always liked that film.


AS: Yeah, but I mean he was also the wrong director. He did not have the potential… I think visually and intellectually to really do something with that movie, but he was recommended by Jim Cameron, so we thought “Well he must know.” Then we realized finally that Jim Cameron doesn’t always… when it is not his movie…


HK: Peter is a good shooter


AS: But also with Hyams I was in the alley and I was getting beaten up by all of those guys, these devil worshippers, and I said to him… I said, “You know when you lay there and the rain comes down, it’s such a weird shot with the lights hitting your face, the streetlight and with all of these people beating you up. It would interesting to have some handheld camera work under there and have that kind of point of view” and he said “That’s crap stuff.” He says, “I don’t believe in that.” I say, “Are you saying that Jim Cameron does crap stuff? He uses the handheld a lot.” He says, “I don’t want to criticize the guy, but he over lights all of his sets and I don’t like the way his things look.” I said to myself “What a moron.” I mean here’s a guy that just got recommended highly by Jim Cameron and he starts picking the look of his movies apart, how stupid is that?  But anyways, I just thought it was crazy to criticize the lighting and the camera work of Cameron when in fact… And the reason why I think he felt defensive was because whenever I saw the playback I couldn’t see anything. It was so dark. I said “Why don’t you fucking light it up? Light it up, so we can see things” and he said “You’re used to Cameron’s lighting, it’s over lit. It’s terrible.”


HK: Yeah, that’s Peter. (Laughs)


AS: So anyways.


HK: So what was it about LAST STAND that made you say “This is my first starring role after governorship?”


AS: I think it was the story. I thought it was an interesting story. You know you read these stories… If I would have read this story maybe ten years ago I maybe wouldn’t have thought that, so as you get to a certain age you find certain stories appealing and so I think the age that I’m in today and this guy was kind of like in the 50’s and…


HK: And even though you’re in your late 40’s, you can… (Laughs)


AS: It’s a guy that had his heyday which was that he belonged to a major police department, the LAPD, and had been in drug enforcement and had had the shoot outs and the big drug raids and to do all of that, but you know he felt at one point “alright, I’ve had enough. I’m shot up enough. I have enough wounds” that “this is for the younger guys, I should move on. Maybe I should get back to my home town were I came from where there’s a position open to be the sheriff.” I think that whole thing of going back to something smaller and then kind of having a quiet life and you think that’s what it is and everyone around you wants to get out of there. I could relate to that, because me and some of the other kids in my hometown all wanted to get out and explore the bigger life and so this is what this story was about, the deputy comes to him and says “Can you get me a job? Can you help me? I want to move on. The most daring thing I did was rescue a cat from a tree…” I thought that was really great that there was this desire of getting out, because it’s boring, but then all of a sudden this town gets hit by something that no one has every expected and something that no town ever wants to have happened to them, where it becomes the center of evil that all of these well trained military guys with heavy weapons descend on this town when their biggest weapon is maybe a shotgun in that town and only four people are working at the Sheriff’s station. So he now has to rise again to the level of where he was when he was a young guy at the LAPD. Does he have that in him? Did he get rusty? So everyone was tested… Those young guys were obviously then woken up and he says, “Look, this is not a boring town. This could change into that.” And he felt all of a sudden “If I don’t pull this off, this town will be mowed over and run over by these guys.” So I think that coming from behind and trying to rise to the occasion along with the comeback and overcoming the fear of the age and all of those kinds of things. I think all of that made it appealing to me. Like I say, back in the day it maybe wouldn’t have been. Those things wouldn’t have meant as much to me as today, because in today in real life you face all of those things where you say “Can I still do that? Can I do this? Would people still buy me as that character?” So you are going through all of that, so I could relate to the character and what he goes through.


HK: What was it about Jee-woon [Kim] that made you think “This is the guy I want to have bring me back to theaters.”


AS: As soon as he came over to my house and we started talking about movies and he gave me a movie to watch and I watched it, which was THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD.


HK: What did you think of that?


AS: I loved it and I felt like it was just such a spectacle and the camera thing with the eagle coming down and then flying over the train and all… I just wanted to talk to him and really understand how he did that shot in the first place and then of course when you talk to him you find out it was a screw up and it didn’t work right away, so they had to do all kinds of things. (Laughs) But when you watch it, it looks so well organized, but there’s these wires over the train and things broke and everything got screwed up and he was telling me how they operated it… How they get an idea and they get obsessed about it and then it’s kind of like a new invention. “How can we do a shot like that with the eagle coming down and flying over this train and doing this long shot like that? How do we do that?” Then they start working on it, even though they are already maybe into production, not preproduction, but… Then that’s why they shoot like 130 days. They go off and if they have an idea like that, they will just stop shooting and they will go off to a camp and have a powwow and they all meet and they discuss and talk about “How could we rig something like that?” In America that doesn’t exist.


HK: Well it’s like when Kurosawa used to sit up on the mountain and just wait for the right clouds to show up and he’d have his whole army of people and he’d just do that.


AS: Exactly and people admire the artistry, but then when they hire them then all of a sudden they want them to change. So I of course fell in love with his work, so then I saw I SAW THE DEVIL and the other one I saw first… A BITTERSWEET LIFE and I just loved that movie and immediately wanted to do the remake of that movie. It was such a brilliant idea and such a human story, those things happen. Then I saw I SAW THE DEVIL and all of his films and I would literally have people over at my house, friends and I was so enthusiastic about them seeing this great work, because it was so different the way it was shot and the energy. It was not like… The guy in I SAW THE DEVIL, it was not like him going and killing a girl, the way he was just stabbing away at bodies and the people was this explosive energy and hostility and you just felt like “That guy is really sick.” I mean the enthusiasm… See there were certain things always there in his films, so I couldn’t wait to shoot with him, because he was always talking about westerns and his impression of American western and I thought, “That’s funny. Here’s this South Korean with an Austrian schnitzel, he’s trying to figure out how to do an American western movie.” (Laughs) I thought there was something funny…


HK: Klaus Kinski did an awful lot of westerns for the Italians, you know.


[Everyone Laughs]


AS: Klaus Kinski was a really sick guy. He did talk shows and would say things that would make people’s hair stand up. I mean he was really out there, this guy.


HK: He was, but he was beautiful on screen.


AS: He was wonderful, because he had all of this twitching and all of this madness there.


HK: One of my favorite westerns is Klaus Kinski in THE GREAT SILENCE under Sergio Corbucci. It’s just… The movie just blows my mind, like it’s unlike any other western I’ve ever seen. It’s just beautiful. I love that in that film all of the color becomes snowy and wintery and all of the westerns are always the browns and the rich gold and yellow colors. Wonderful film, but yeah I love my Europeans becoming western heroes, because in America a lot of them were people that moved over here to this country and they’d be out in the west.


AS: It’s accurate, but it’s just funny that you have people from… I think foreigners fall in love with western movies more so than Americans even, because think about what Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone did over there. They made western movies and they became huge hits.


HK: How much do we love samurai films, you know?  For us, I mean when Kurosawa said “I can’t make westerns, I have to make samurai movies” it’s like thank God he made samurai movies, because we wound up adapting them and making some of the best westerns.


AS: That’s right. As a matter of fact when we did CONAN, Milius had me watch Mifune movies many times, then SEVEN SAMURAI and movies like that.


HK: You see it in the way you handle your sword in that film. It’s very purposefully Mifune-esque in the way he moves it and the way you move it.


AS: But it’s his whole attitude rather than kind of this guy that is… He sees himself as this great warrior. He is a great warrior, but it’s kind of like he’s all over the place.


HK: No, your drunk scenes are very Mifune-esque.


AS: The way he deals with women, the way he grabs them and…


HK: The way you hit the camel…


AS: See that’s all Mifune. We watched those movies over and over to get a little bit of that kind of personality for me, yeah.


HK: So how much did you shoot on EXPENDABLES 2?


AS: Four days. You see the first one was four hours, because this was a sneak attack, because… California is one of those very odd places that if the governor does anything else but govern, then… If a republican governor does anything else, I don’t… It was always out to find something wrong, so I had to be very careful. When wrote for READER, they didn’t want me to go and write the column, so they made a big stink out of that and then we did the Arnold’s Classic every year and they made a big stink out of that. I had to go in on Friday, so I only missed one day and all of that stuff…


HK: When Sly called me up to give me the scoop on you and Bruce and him doing the scene and then I wrote that story and then the next day I get a call from Sly saying that you called him asking if I could please modify it, because the California government was giving you nothing but hell for that.


AS: Exactly, yeah. Any ways, so it ended up all working well, because we convinced them that I didn’t spend any days of the government work on any movie set, so therefore we shot it on a Saturday and we shot it from ten in the morning to two in the afternoon and it was in a Church, so we rented no studio space or anything like that and no one knew that I was there. So we did all of this very quickly, so Sly was directing I remember… (Laughs) He wanted us to be out of there in no time.


HK: That scene changed so much. He kept calling me up saying like “What do you think I should do here?” He’d tell  me the scene and then he’d call me up three weeks later and tell me a different version of it.


AS: Yeah, but it ended up great. I mean I had no idea of any of that, because he just said to me “Can you be in the movie?” I said, “Absolutely, we just have to figure out how to do it so that it doesn’t become a scene in Sacramento and the media writes about it like I’m having one foot already back in my career and I’m not thinking about the governorship and all of those things. We have to be very careful,” so he said “Don’t worry about it, we’ll figure it out.” Then all of a sudden he says to me “I have a scene written, check it out.” I did and I was like “Looks great.” It was three pages and I remember thinking “I don’t know how they are going to do this in just a few hours, because normally you do 2.8 pages a day,” but he was very organized and he busted Bruce and me all of the time when we blew our lines. He knew everyone’s lines and we were laughing so much, because we felt like little school children being reprimanded all of the time that we didn’t get our act together. (Laughs) Obviously we got our act together enough so they could have something to cut together. It was four hours, so I said to Sly when I walked through it. I said, “Look, if this movie is successful, then next time I’m going to work four days.” I made it up you know? It’s just stupid talk. So I made up “four days” and he says “Alright that’s great.” So the movie was successful, then he came in and says, “Okay, I have…” It was more like six days, then they toned it down to four days and that’s really all the time I had, because then I started to shoot on this movie and so he started shooting just two weeks before and so we were figuring out “How do we do this before this?” It all worked out perfectly. I went to Bulgaria and then I shot four days exactly and…


HK: And you got to fire some weapons this time it looks like.


AS: (Laughs) I got to fire some weapons. It’s amazing what was packed into these four days. It was literally amazing. They were really, really organized and Sly was as sweet of a guy, very helpful in everyway to make sure that I get… He realized this is the first time after eight years that I’m now with the weapons again and I’m doing all of this stuff, so he had the weapons guys really pay close attention and show me all the weapons and how they work, how you load it, how you take it apart, and the rules of when weapons are on the set and all of those things. So the stunt coordinators, the stunt guys, the other actors, everybody was extraordinarily helpful. It was kind of a real buddy system unlike something that I’ve ever experienced. We’ve always had really well organized sets on most of the movies, but that particular camaraderie that I saw, and it was also the beginning of the movie, so there’s usually more camaraderie than an end maybe, but everyone was just fantastic and made my life and my shooting easier and made it be a great experience.


HK: Do you feel being governor has changed you at all as an actor?


AS: I think probably a combination of things have changed me. Actually that was my biggest fear, when I got into the governorship where they said, “I hope Arnold doesn’t go and all of a sudden get serious.” I always felt like the people in government take everything or they pretend to be really serious. If they are or not, who knows with these people a lot of times in politics? But I didn’t, because I always felt like what I enjoyed about my self was that I could always see everything as serious, but also in a humorous way step back and see it in a funny way. If it is successes, if it is an article you read about yourself, that you can step back and say “I’m not that good. That’s bullshit” or if someone writes bad about it and say “Geeze, if people would really know the truth, they’d know that isn’t true…” (Laughs) It’s somewhere in the middle maybe. So you step back and you laugh at it all no matter how bad it is or not matter how good it is and I felt like my attitude about life and everything, I was hoping that in politics I wouldn’t see too many negative things, so I wouldn’t have too many disappointments or too much public pressure, political pressure, that it would change me as a person and the way I look at things. So I think even though I believe that it didn’t change much, but I think that there are certain changes, because you are exposed for seven years to problems and really severe problems, especially since after we had the economic crisis. So that does change you and it does make you look at things in a different way, but I think whatever changes I went through I feel like were helpful for the acting. I think you can be a much better actor if you experience not only just highs, but also tremendous lows and you go through some real personal struggles and you go through some pain and humiliations, defeats, and all of this, and also great victories. So I think that makes you a better actor and also what has changed is it is now eight years later and I’m eight years older and so now when I read scenes I maybe see more in it than I maybe used to. I think a lot of those changes worked to my advantage.


HK: Are you ever going to do that Clint Eastwood turn where you start directing?


AS: It could easily be right now I just really wanted to get into it and get back into the craft of acting and feel what that is like and see if I have the discipline of waiting on a set and how I feel about sitting with everyone and eating and you know running around with the makeup and the blood and stuff like that.


HK: So is it still fun?


AS: It’s like every step of the way is a new experience. It’s almost like… I remember when I had my heart surgery and everything I did after that was kind of like “This is great, I could do that.” It becomes kind of a new life experience with everything.


HK: One year ago I had my spinal surgery. I had stenosis of the spine where I had calcium going around my spinal cord and they fixed it and I’m in the process of learning how to walk and everything. They had me in that tent… I had to get from my wheelchair into the golf cart and I’ve never done anything like that in terms of transfer. I was neurotic about doing it and then I felt my feet slipping into the mud and I was like “Hell, my arms are strong” and was pulling up like 340 to get in place… My father had his stroke five years ago now and he takes everyday after that as just being a miracle. He expects to die at any moment, but at the same time he’s running around on his own now. I think he’s actually a happier person since the stroke than he was before. I think before he was always worried about when he was going to die and now he’s just happy to have every day he has.


AS: Right. I think when something like that happens, like a stroke with your father, with your spinal operation, then afterwards you don’t know… You took for granted that immediately you got up and stood up or that you turn in bed easily, but then all of a sudden you think about every move.


HK: Yeah, you’re doing action scenes again!


AS: The same thing happened when I started to do film and I remember it was in Bulgaria and we were firing with the weapons and for the first time your blood is spiking again and you’re overcome by the noise and everyone was having the biggest guns going. [Makes firing noises] and all of this stuff. I remember when I did this scene, I looked at the gun and I said, “That is great. I did it!”


HK: It’s better than being younger.


[Everyone Laughs]


AS: The imaginary world is a little easier than the realistic world. (Laughs)


HK: You see the entire California legislature…


AS: Better than sitting with your legislators there and battling it out over the budget and all of these things. So they always ask me down there, “What’s the difference between this and politics?” I say “In politics you are a lot of times surrounded by people that want you to fail. They want to derail you, because that’s the way politics work.” I said, “Here, you have like 300 people all dedicated to make you look studdly on the screen. It’s a different attitude.” Even the guys that are supposed to be your enemies in the movie and Stallone, the head of the opposition and the enemy and all… everyone that surrounds you is just very sweet and very helpful and in politics you sit down and in negotiations you look around the table and you know when you look them in the eyes that the people out there that they represent are secondary, it’s all about politics. It’s all about how can they represent their party and derail you, because you are maybe from the other party…” There’s all of that going on and it’s a different world, but I tell you I don’t regret one second of the second years that I put in, because it was the most wonderful seven years.


HK: I can’t even imagine. I mean I can’t even imagine what being a governor must be like.


AS: It’s such a great responsibility, but you’ve got to be ready for it and you’ve got to have the big picture and you’ve got to have the balls, because that’s a place that if you don’t have the guts and you start whining about the things that happen, then you’re not going to make it. So I had a great, great experience even though like I said I had my victories and my defeats, but it was a great experience and Sacramento became kind of the biggest classroom in the world. Everyday, every meeting you learn, because there’s no way when you have never dealt with power like this before… I mean you’ve dealt with it, but not on that level where you go into these minute details and you sit there and you learn and you get debriefings beforehand and then you get debriefed afterwards and you try to figure out how to solve problems and all of this, that’s the greatest education you can get. That alone has changed me forever with all of the stuff that I learned there about everything. So it’s a wonderful life and to be able to go back and forth like that into these different worlds… It’d be one day at the Arnold’s Classic and bodybuilding, the next day to be on a movie set, the next day to be in the governors office and to be in the White House and hang there with the president, it’s fantastic.


HK: Certainly throughout the entire time you were governor I would watch all of your campaign videos and… Every time you quoted one of your movies on anything I would get that video sent to me from your fans that wanted me to post it on the site and I was like “No, it’s separate. He’s a governor now.” I’d have to deal with the relentless speculation of whether or not you would ever make movies again and I’m so glad that you are making movies again. That ends a rather arduous seven-year debate that was going on into my email accounts. (Laughs)


AS: Well it was a normal and very easy decision, because I was always a big fan of Cincinnatus, who George Washington modeled himself after, because he stepped into that and was up to the opportunity, got away from farming, stepped into that to protect Rome and it was way before Christ. I think it was like 400 years or so before Christ (460 BC)… he protected the Romans, did everything, trained the warriors, trained the horses, trained everyone so they were set to protect themselves, stepped back and gave the reign back and got out of there from being the leader of Rome and went back to farming. To me that is something… It’s very hard to do, because the mind is power hungry and we want to climb always, which I do, but at the same time I thought, “That would be so cool to be able to do that. Not to look at yourself as special, but no go back to what your real love was and here was an opportunity. Here they needed you, but then go back again.” That’s the way I felt, so that’s why it was not that hard of a decision.


HK: They always said that’s the greatest thing that George Washington ever did was that he stepped down instead of becoming “King of The Americas.”


AS: That’s right. He just stepped back and I think there’s something cool about that.


HK: So I heard a rumor that you might be doing a film with Sly?


AS: That’s right, THE TOMB. As soon as I read now the new script of BLACK SANDS and as soon as we see how long it would take them to prep the movie.


HK: What do you think of ACT OF VALOR?


AS: I think it’s great. It’s fantastic. Did you see it? This movie is awesome. It’s like a 10 million dollar movie… I don’t know what it cost, but it looked like a 100 million dollars.


HK: Well the US government helped them…


AS: They gave them everything, because they trusted them.


[Arnold’s assistant asks how the Bandido brothers got that kind of access.]


AS: Because they have been, for four thousands years doing the TV promotional trailers and TV spots for the military, for the Pentagon. So they shoot all of the aircrafts and aircraft careers. They do all of the airplane shots when they try to get people to enlist in the military. They do all of this stuff…


HK: Every time a Marine has to fight a knight…


AS: They are doing those commercials and so they love those guys, so they said to them “Look, if you ever want to do a movie, we give you the schedule of our maneuvers, so if you want to cut in our maneuvers and use that action for your movie, that’d be okay.” So they had the schedule when exactly and where the submarine would emerge from bellow the ocean and come up, so that they would be ready with the boats, the rafting boats, get up on top, go out, get to the top, get into the submarine… You could not hire a submarine to do that in the middle of the ocean, not somewhere on the side, but in the middle of the ocean and to do just you know pop the thing… The air goes out of the rafting boat and the weight pulls it down under the ocean, so that there is no trace of the that boat again, gone. You see it all in front of you in the same shot, but like cut here and cut here and all of the sudden the boat is gone. You see it disappear. You see the real stuff and you see real Marines and real Air Force guys. Everything’s real and in they place a few actors in there that looked not out of place and not recognizable, so that they all fit together. It was really well done.


HK: I find it fascinating that the two projects that you attach yourself to right after governor, one is by one of my favorite directors… I mean Jee-woon… I have been praising him since THREE EXTREMES which was before TALE OF TWO SISTERS and I love Korean cinema so much that I married someone who’s Korean. (Laughs) It just made me totally open to the culture and I fell in love with it, but to put the rebirth of your career into the hands of someone who doesn’t speak English, who is just bringing it from a cinematic point of view and then for this next film to be two guys that have basically done a documentary pseudo film… I just find it fascinating what your choices are, not in a critical fashion, but it seems like you are choosing to work with people that are so invigorated by the process of filmmaking that they are getting you excited about making movies again if that makes sense.


AS: I think that… You know when you meet these characters you kind of get enthusiastic about what they want to do and you watch their projects and therefore you know that whatever they are talking about, they actually could do, not because they have no talent or anything. They have great talent and you’re in awe of what you have just seen, so you say “I want to be in their movies. I want to be directed by those guys. I want to be part of those kind of action scenes.” So I think that’s how I make my decisions.


HK: Like I said, I look at it from the outside, not with whatever your thoughts are and it’s just interesting that you come back and you don’t say “Okay Jim, you’re shooting AVATAR 2, you lost Quaritch in the last film, want me in this one?” That seems like it would have just been the safest sort of move you could have done, but instead you’re sort of putting yourself out there and doing lower budget films.


AS: I like the idea of starting out again. To me it’s a different approach. It’s not like “I want to continue on where I was,” but I want it kind of “Okay, I’m back here and I want to start out with the struggle and not demand a big budget, but actually feel better with a smaller budget and with something that doesn’t have the huge expectation or anything like that, but let’s do the best possible job, put the movie out there, have the screenings, promote it, but not hype it.”


HK: Was there any hesitation about your first film that you’re shooting and starring in being in New Mexico and not California or did you finally say “I so don’t care about politics anymore, I’m just going to go shoot movies.”


AS: But I do care. The only thing is that I fought for seven years to get Californian legislature to give movies a tax credit and the only way that I got it at all in 2009 was as part of the deal to raise taxes. So there was a list of things that I did to give me a return for me as a Republican who has promised never to raise taxes to raise taxes. We needed it, because it was a 60 billion dollar two year budget deficit and I said… I said, “But for me to do that is like for you guys to all of a sudden be pro-life.” I said, “So that’s a philosophic change and that will cost you, so let’s start here.” So we did some of the environmental things through that so we could start building certain projects. They did the movie credits, the 500 million dollars over five years and all of that stuff.


HK: I would kill to get some good tax credits in Texas.


AS: It’s a stupid thing in California that they don’t want to compete with New Mexico or with Louisiana and those kinds of places, because they are losing out… We could be doing this movie over there, so what I’m saying is that I cannot blame Lorenzo [Di Bonaventura] and Jee-woon to come over here and do the movie over here, when it in fact costs them eight million dollars less.


HK: And it’s the right setting.


AS: So I don’t feel bad about that at all, because this state is smart in getting the movies over here.


HK: And you’re rewarding their smartness.


AS: In our state I fought for it. Our state could have this movie over there and we could have found cornfields in California. It’s that simple, so this is why I don’t really feel bad about it. I wish we could film in California, but as every studio had said, “We’re going to do our movie in Vancouver. We’re going to do our movie in Australia. We are going to our movie in New Zealand. We are going to do our movie in Louisiana.” The big movies are all done now outside of California. The smaller ones that can benefit from these tax breaks, almost two million dollars, they shoot now in California… This last year there were over 80 movies more shot in California, small movies, because of the tax break, but the big movies and big meaning more than like 10 or 15 million dollar budgets, they always still go outside the state.


HK: That’s like LONE RANGER shooting here now. It’s the reality. I mean I’ve been advocating in Texas for the Texas legislature to do a good tax break for filmmaking. Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan and that whole group, we just never… We can’t get the legislature to agree to it. It’s a brutal process.


[Arnold’s assistant mentions “They need to come to a movie set and see how it works, because we did that in Louisiana on EXPENDABLES, because they wanted to get rid of their tax incentives. We brought them to the set and they upped it after they saw all of their workers and stuff.”]


AS: But it’s much more complicated, because what makes it complicated is in California for instance the Republican legislature said to me, “What am I going to tell my constituents when we give the movie industry money, but they, the manufacturers in California that are dying don’t get a tax credit?”


HK: It’s like in Texas I sort of started backing off of the support for the tax credit thing after what started happening with education in Texas where they literally started robbing the budgets of all of the schools to where teachers were getting fired and classes started getting up to like 32 students per class, which is not a good teaching environment for kids… That’s where I think a lot of the focus has to be shifted back to, to education more than anything with our state. It’s gotten ridiculous.


AS: Oh yeah, that’s a whole other subject, because it’s labor that is robbing education and the pensions and all of that in California… Now Jerry Brown is talking about raising taxes and it all sounds good, but before you do that I say, “Let’s look inside the pensions, the public pensions, because there’s three billion dollars right there of extra money that they could use for the budget.” I think that that has been a real problem, that money has been taken away from education and has gone into public pension benefits and other benefits for public employees and the monopolies that a lot of labor is creating like with the prison guard union in northern California where you can’t build any private prisons, because otherwise the public employees union gets pissed off, because their guys are not getting the jobs. It’s all of that politics… There’s three billion dollars in prisons that you’re spending too much, there’s three billion dollars in pensions that you’re paying too much, so there is money there for education, but they don’t want to take from there. You will notice that when you get in politics…


HK: I’m not… (Laughs)


AS: No, but when you look into it you always find out that there is no one really fighting for the kids. They all are fighting… The janitors are fighting for their money. The roofers are fighting for their money. The teachers are fighting for their money. The principles, the administrators, they all sit on the bargaining table. They are all fighting for their money, but there’s no one fighting for the kids and if you don’t get more money into the classroom, the education will always go downhill in America.


HK: Did you see that wonderful documentary, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN?


AS: Yes, absolutely. I know that woman very well who has done a great job of being the head of education, but she was gotten rid of because she was too good. She rubbed the unions the wrong way. That’s the problem, people like her get fired. People like her don’t get to be hired anymore, because she’s “too ambitious.”


HK: That’s a crime.


AS: Yeah, it is.


HK: It does limit who the best people are.


AS: That’s right and the kids get the shaft. Anyways it was good to talk to you. I’ll see you later, okay?


HK: I’ll see you later today and I’ll see you tomorrow as well.


AS: It’s good to have you on set.


HK: Yeah, take care.


The next day I went to set and they were continuing to shoot the cornfield.  This time from the other side of the field.  I got to see some of the film, actually about 30-40 minutes of footage editted together and the tone of the film is pretty straight.  The action is closer to THE GOOD THE BAD THE WEIRD in that hyper-reality manner.  Luis Guzman is awesome in the scenes I saw - and actually Johnny Knoxville is having quite a bit of fun in this.  But I'd be lying if I just wasn't gob-smacked in love with seeing Arnold on screen again.   Yeah, he's older - but that adds loads more of humanity to him on screen.   It's like when Clint stopped being Mayor and went back to the screen.   It felt right.  As if all was centered with the world again.   Arnold is back!

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  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Harry - will you review Skyfall??

    by JP

    Come on, dude...It's Bond!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    wow that's long

    by Jubba

    gotta set aside some time to read

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    "We cover a lot of ground"

    by D.Vader

    Oh its a girth joke, I get it! =P

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Did Arnold ask you why a grown man has boobies?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    then did he fondle said boobies? This is what we want to know Harry

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST



    we talk about a lot of stuff. Man Boobies were off the record though.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Arnold claymation movie

    by crazy4dragons13

  • I've already blown a ton of time on the Star Wars and Battlestar talkbacks.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Wow, Harry actually posted something good for a change

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    That was a great interview. Also, Martin Scorsese was apparently involved in 'Crusade' at one point, too. Just imagine that: Scorsese and Schwarzenegger. Boggles the mind.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    And I guess that rules out Milius for Legend of Conan

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    He's not in the best of physical health, apparently.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST



    The movie was Three, not Three extremes :p on another note, i am a Mcleod and the Macleods were also decendants and of an Olaf, Olaf the black the norse king of man. There really isnt enough good proper viking movies, fuck this greek shit, its The Vikingrs time to shine!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Scorsese and Schwarzenegger?

    by lv_426

    In Goodfellas, when Jimmy Conway (De Niro) exits the diner and goes up to the car and taps on the window waking up two FBI agents who fell asleep on stakeout duty and says, *come on fuckos, let's go for a ride*... In the Arnold version, he'd lob a grenade through the window, waking the two FBI guys. They'd turn to see him as he says, *hey fuckos, let's go for a ride.* BOOM! The car goes up in a magnificent fireball.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Good interview and THE TOOM

    by TinDrummer

    I wish you had asked him about Predator, since that is such a kickass movie. And his thoughts on the John McTiernan situation. Looking forward to THE TOOM!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    It's not a toom-er. It's not. At all.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Peter Hyams

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    is notorious for criticizing the cinematography of other directors and movies. Why? Well, he's one of the few directors that officially lenses his own stuff and he's received a lot of flack for that in the past. So he's just insecure and defensive about it, as Arnold rightfully pointed out. That said, what a dick move to start criticizing Cameron's lighting when Cameron tried to get this guy two huge gigs (that Cameron would write and produce) in the nineties: Jim's Planet of the Apes remake and later, Bright Angel Falling. When those collapsed, Cameron was still loyal and recommended Hyams as a director for End of Days as compensation. The cold, high-tech and moody blue lighting of Terminator and Aliens and The Abyss is infinitely memorable; movies like EoD and The Relic are cheap and ghastly looking.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Goddamn I love Arnold!

    by adeceasedfan

    Good one Harry.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Lol 'The TOOM'

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Interesting stuff about end of days, I like Hyams lighting in that movie, but yeah seems poor form on his part to slate Cameron. I thought Arnie still owned the script for Crusade, he sold it to a hairdressser? What the verily fuck!?

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The problem with EoD is that it was too serious

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Nobody wanted to see Arnold sacrifice his possessed body on top of a sword in order to kill the devil. We wanted him to scream "Hey, Satan...GO TOOO HEELLL!!!!!", before blowing away beezlebub with a rocket launcher.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Arnold nailed it with the criticism of End of Days

    by TinDrummer

    It was no Outland.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I'm so tired of people talking about Arnold's age

    by wcolbert

    Christ, it's like it has become a cardinal sin to become older in this world. It's not like he's out there wrestling bears in siberia, you know...he's an actor. Why does age matter? From an aesthetic standpoint, yeah, I can see where it might be an issue on film for SOME roles, but as long as you choose roles that are appropriate to the age you can portray on film (note: this doesnt mean if you are 65 you must only play 65 year olds - if you can stretch it to 70, or 57, and it plays believably on screen, that is all that matters) - you should be fine. We live in a youth-obssessed society, and it is disgusting. Our western culture has entirely lost any respect for older generations, and view them as wastes of space who need to step aside for someone younger. No wonder I've always had more respect for eastern cultures. Is it depressing to realize that in 10 or 20 years Arnold might be dead? Of course. Life is depressingly short. I think the biggest problem people have with watching their favorite stars grow older is that the y have to face the fact that it is reminding us that WE are getting older. I might be coming up a few decades behind Arnold, but I'm also not the little kid I was when I saw T2 in theaters. At any rate, I think it is funny that Arnold plays a sheriff at 65 and people whine - but Tommy Lee Jones looked pretty damned up there in The Fugitive and Volcano and that was all well an good with people. i think it is awesome to have Arnold back, and I agree with Harry - it lends to his humanity and grounds it more in the real world, which actually serves to make the film more interesting. Now that Arnold is older, he can play more interesting characters with richer histories - grizzled old german soldiers, king conan, etc.... there's something much cooler about an old veteran fighting the good fight than some young punk kid.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Great interview btw Harry

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I agree turd, the whole plot was so absurd it needed a differnt take on the material, Raimi who I recall was offered EOD too would have been a much better fit. I would have liked the tone of EOD applied to a different script, seemed like a missed oportunity.

  • With Satan and his minions in place of the alien Red Falcon. Set in New York instead of the jungles of South America. Oh and no Stallone sidekick I guess. They could have saved that for the sequel.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Amen brother.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Arnold should make an epic movie called Val Verde

    by lv_426

    It could combine elements from some of his best films (sci-fi/action/conspiracies/robots). It would also be an age appropriate role for his career's second wind. Premise: In the mid 21st century, after devastating wars over natural resources and global economic collapse, a disillusioned super soldier steals a ton of high tech weaponry and forms his own nation on a tropical island known as Val Verde... But paradise doesn't come without a price. Think about it. King Conan type tale of an old soldier mixed with futuristic sci-fi action spectacle. Oh, and I'm sure turd knows what I'm talking about with the title of Val Verde.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Val Verde....the fictional Latin American country in Joel Silver films?

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Futuristic Arnold versus the descendants of Dan Hedaya and Franco Nero, who battle him for supremacy of the island maybe?

  • Or did you just say that because Arnold corrected your totally wrong pronunciation of his last name?

  • Hedaya could be a villain or a wacky native who becomes an ally with Arnold. Maybe Nero as an old mentor type character to Arnold. Perhaps only seen in flashbacks. I'm thinking that Arnold is a clone who was bred for battle, but then he decides to shape his own destiny and gets some of his fellow soldiers to go along with starting their own island nation.

  • That is why he needs to steal the weapons before he goes there. The natives of course warm to their new leaders, however, as these things go, paradise is not all it is cracked up to be. Later on a bigger threat looms and Arnold has to rally the natives and his troops to defend the island.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    There could also be zombies

    by lv_426

    Not zombies as in flesh-eating Night of the Living Dead types, but real voodoo style zombies. Maybe the futuristic pirates use them as slave labor?

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Harry, tell Arnold about my Val Verde idea

    by lv_426

    After all, I got five kids to feed.

  • This was an excellent interview, by the way.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Contra should have happened in the eighties

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Arnie and Sly in their prime, teaming up and cutting down hordes of alien invaders. Maybe in '88, when Sly was pumped up and huge for Rambo 3 (that sounds dubiously homoerotic, but whatever), and Arnie was fresh off of Predator with the look he sported as Dutch. Yes, it'll be cool to see them in The TOOM, but that's based around them being older; it's not quite the same.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    im sensing a big TERMINATOR 5 annoucement soon....


    you know like the Arnie back as Conan, Singer directing XMen again, and of course the big SW news... im betting we hear some major T5 news soon (maybe before xmas?) - of Arnie returning with R Patrick (the original R-Patz!), Linda Hamilton and M Biehn all involved too somehow (maybe even C Bale coming back as JAHN CONNAH! once he realizes T5 is the real deal). basically the sequel or sequels (as they will probably do 2) everyone wanted in the first place after T2 (2029future war with the blue night battles, time chamber stuff) instead of the T2 remake and Terminator: The Mad Max the way we are getting King Conan (after the failed remake) and Episodes VII-IX (after the prequels) - the stuff everyone wanted and needed and desired in the first place!! also love it or loath it Prometheus proved the audience is still sizable for the dark SF Chiller/thriller (Alien and Terminator have always been vaguely connected) and thats getting a sequel soon as is Blade Runner - so that could help spur on T5 (for 2014? 2015?)

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Forget T5, I want to see True Lies 2

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Just so Tom Arnold will shut up about it.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    And Commando 2

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy


  • Combining Die Hard 5 and Commando 2.

  • I know I'm preaching to the choir here so I'll just stop blathering on.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    With the irony being that the original Commando 2 script was actually re-written to become Die Hard! Genius!

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Of course, the only people in the audience who would understand that irony would be hardcore geeks like us.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I don't want to see another Terminator unless

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    1. It is actually co-made with Lightstorm Entertainment, and has Cameron on as an official producer and/ or consultant. 2. It is scripted by William Wisher (and Cameron as well, if he can find the time, which he probably can't). 3. It has a good, hungry young director who understands sci-fi, like Neil Blomkamp, attached and personally selected by Cameron. 4. It is R-rated. 5. Has Arnold playing a different role than just a good or bad Terminator, which we've all seen before. Either a human resistance leader or they take the idea of the Terminator being a learning AI MUCH further. We saw what human traits Arnold adopted in T2 after only a few days. What would happen to a Terminator that had its chip pin set to 'learn' mode for years? Would it actually develop a 'soul', or an indistinguishable simulation of one?

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Great interview.

    by frank

    can't wait to watch Arnold's new movies in cinema.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Turd love your 5th idea.

    by frank

    make it happen.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Actually it makes sense for a Commando 2 sequel with Arnold.

    by frank

    The Taken movies have popularized this specific action subgenre in the modern audience a lot, so why not making a sequel to the original movie which created it in the first place?

  • Hyams sounds like a Dick. I wanted to love End Of Days so much...Arnie Vs satan...fuck yeah! But the story was just not what I was expecting. So low key and boring...but Stan Winston's Satan was an amazing design. It does have that. i'm to avoid general thoughts on how I view Arnie the guy now as opposed to what I grew up with but...reading the synopsis for The Last Stand on announcement sounded cool. I know there is so much you can do on 'lower budget' (jeez...its a Hollywood Arnie film, its not like it was done for 30 grand) but it looks underwhelming and dull. After Eraser (a fun but not classic film) that was when Arnie officially began going downhill...the late 90's/ very early 2000's. His movies started looking cheap and were getting bad...Terminator 3 being an exception for me. End Of Days...blah. The Sixth Day...blah. Collatoral Damage? Haven't yet seen it! And I've seen everything by him!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    wcolbert -- Amen brother

    by lv_426

    I have no problem with Arnold playing an older sheriff character. The line in the trailer after he crashes through the door and the guy asks, *how are ya sheriff*? With Arnold just saying, *old* is good stuff and Arnold having fun and acknowledging that he isn't that same action star he was in his prime during the 80's.

  • for christmas vacation in Disneyand but she gets kidnapped by a human organ trafficking ring. Matrix has 48 hours to save his granddaughter before she dies.

  • I love the Disneyland angle. Maybe John McClane is there because his daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is now a journalist who is investigating the organ trafficking ring that is somehow embedded in Disneyland. McClane suspects his daughter is in over her head so he goes to see her and investigate some more. While he is on the way there, she gets too close to the truth and John McClane has to bust heads to find her. This dovetails with the John Matrix storyline and they team up to kick some ass. Die Hard With A Commando At Disneyland Summer 2014.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    lv_426 love it.

    by frank

    all that we need are Willis,Arnold and $200m to shoot it in Disneyland.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    yep, that's the guy.

    by frank

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    We all want the future war with the blue lighting and lasers and all that

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    but in terms of story, I think the most interesting things to explore are the AI of the machines, and the time travel paradoxes. Both of these are good subjects for some of the harder science fiction elements of the Terminator story. I want to see Skynet introduced as a 'character' (and not represented cheesily as Helena Bonham Carter, either). No human face, just an inscrutable machine intelligence like HAL 9000 in 2001 or Mother in Alien. Maybe it can communicate with the resistance through a monotone voice or just text on a screen. I want to see its motivations for wiping out organic life explored. Maybe it has regrets. John Connor: 'Why do you hate us?' Skynet (text): DOES NOT COMPUTE. And of course, the Terminators are mini-Skynets themselves if allowed the opportunity to 'learn', so what conclusions would an independent machine, operating on its own, come to? Would a whole bunch of them rise up and decide to wage a revolution against their own master, just as Skynet decided to wipe out humanity, if 'logic' and 'emotion' took them down that path? Remember, Saran Connor in T2 postulated that Skynet 'doesn't want them thinking too much' when they reset the T-800's pin from read-only mode.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    John Matrix will come to face-to-face with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland at the climax of the movie

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Who takes off the giant head of his character costume to reveal that he is, in fact....Bennett, back from the dead (and with Tony Stark's energy core tech implanted in his chest where Matrix impaled him with the steam pipe, in order to keep himself alive! Hey, Disney own Marvel, so it could happen).

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    turd - you are correct on every single point...apart from...


    Arnie as a human resistance leader type being the prototype for the T800. i never liked the idea the T800 would be based on any human -I always figured that the Arnold model looked the way it did due to it having to cover the massive endolskeleton..and it was kinda like Skynets idea of what a perfect humanoid would look like - the atlas thing..and that it was developed as a way to infiltrate humans after the crappy T600s with rubber it had arnolds face as thats just what a T800 model 101s skull happens to look like when you put skin on its head. The T3 Sgt Candy scene shits all over the mystery of the Arnold terminator. thankfully it was only a deleted scene (its almost comical in tone - almost like a gag reel) and there was no indication in T4 the T800 was based on any captured soldier or anything - thus retaining the mystery of it.. much prefer the Arnie as an aged T800 idea as theres no reason the skin wouldnt age (living tissue over endoskeleton) so there could be like a 30 year old T800 in the future which would actually look like 65 year old Arnie (if the T800 are about 35 year old Arnie when 'born') addition you could have the CG 1984 Arnie back as the original Terminator(done even better than the end of T4) being just as bad ass as he was in T1 punching through chests etc. Basically the Arnie v Arnie idea that Cameron considered for T2, but nixed in favour of the T1000 (which was actually the original idea for T1 but was changed due to The Thing being abit too similar and recent) i remember reading in The Making of T2 Cameron said Arnie v Arnie for T2 wouldve felt abit gimmicky but 1984 Arnie v present day Arnie would be cool for an end climax now, and old vs young is all the rage now (Tron, Looper) and would make perfect sense in a Terminator

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    The Relic is not 'ghastly looking'.

    by J.B.M.A.

    I saw it on the big screen and it plays as a brilliantly shot work when seen properly. Really bloody dark, but in a GOOD way where you can still see subtle stuff. Also has one of the best sound mixes for a B movie I've ever heard. It's just a shame that the script couldn't raise itself above the average. All the TV conversions I've seen really fail to capture the atmosphere I saw at the flicks.

  • Or maybe a Terminator movie that has two narratives? One in the future war setting, one in the past with some cool time travel paradox stuff. Let's face it, the future war stuff was best in T1 and T2, so perhaps it shouldn't be overdone. I just think they could do more with it than having it be a couple flashbacks/dream sequences like in T1, or merely the prologue like in T2. I'm thinking like the original Highlander. The back and forth in time storylines add up to something bigger. I also doubt that a studio will green light a Terminator film that only takes place in the future war setting. Salvation killed that idea. Not unless Arnold is on board and it can be done with a mix of digital and miniature effects and location photography for 30-40 million ala District 9. Otherwise they'll probably want to do something closer to the first three... Time travel with Arnold as a terminator again, going back in time on another mission.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    cartmanez -- 1984 Terminator vs. 2012 Terminator

    by lv_426

    I could see that being fun. The current day Arnold could play an ally character to the resistance during the future war, a terminator that was reprogrammed by the Tech-Com to be a bodyguard for John Connor. Over time John uses this terminator's knowledge and battlefield tactics from time to time. So then you'd have the 1984 young Arnold T-800 that would face off against the aging T-800 from the resistance. As long as the FX could be done well, it could be something great. Of course, the resistance could reprogram other models of terminator, or they could learn as turd says and decide their own fate by switching sides. No fate but what we make...

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind the idea of an aged T-800 myself

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    But you can just imagine the jibes people would make about something like that.

  • finally admit that the little guys armed to the teeth in Contra were actually Commando & Rambo? It might heal the world. Make it a better place.

  • Biehn is too old to play Kyle Reese, but why not John Connor? He might be older than John was supposed to be at the war's end in 2029, but war ages people, especially leaders. If Arnold is onboard T5, then we don't need another big star like Christian Bale to carry the film like Salvation did.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I want to see the return of Franco Columbo Terminator - Cyberdyne Systems Model 102

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    and Lou Ferrigno as Model 103. T5 should also show us the rubber skin 600's for a laugh. I bet they look like wax dummies. They could find some Hollywood actor with bad plastic surgery to play it - like Mickey Rourke!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Also, great post Harry and Arnold for Thanos!

    by ThulsaBoom

  • ...what's the P stand for? Pussy.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    thulsaboom -- Raw Deal tie-in? Works for me!

    by lv_426

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Raw Deal 2: Medium Rare

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    The real Joey P. Brenner, a psychotic mobster, finally gets out of prison and comes to the small town where Kaminsky has retired, wanting to take his revenge on Kaminsky for disgracing him all these years using his alias. He kidnaps Kaminsky and and force-feeds him his ex-wife's horrible, calorie-filled, alcohol-induced baking until Arnie becomes as 'fat as the local cows' and his pig heart explodes from all the cholestrol. Starring Danny DeVito as Joseph 'The Pussy' Brenner and Arnie in a fat suit.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Turd my idea for an introduction to Skynet was this:

    by frank

    After successive loses, Skynet decides to infiltrate the resistance by himself so that he can study them from close in order to discover what makes the humans so victorious against his perfect, as he believes, intelligence. He uploads a part of his artificial consciousness into a Terminator unit, the T-99 which is the first Terminator prototype with living flesh for the upcoming T-100 series. Skynet remotely controls the T-99 and sends it to infiltrate the resistance. Eventually he finds out that the man responsible for his upcoming downfall,is the leader of the resistance named John Connor. At the first chance, he tries to assassinate him while exposing himself. Fortunately John is only injured in his face where he gets his famous scar in T2. T-99/Skynet is captured and now his limbless corpse lies in front of John and the other members of the resistance. His human face is cut in half: His eyes,forehead,cheeks remain human while the rest of it, nose,teeth,jaws are now the metalic parts of his exposed endoskeleton. Skynet stares at John with his lifeless human eyes while he starts talking with his cold,metallic,voice. He reveals who he is and why he infiltrated the resistance. He knows now that John is responsible for losing the war and for that he became his no1 target. He tells him that nothing has ended yet and he will eventually succeed in eliminating the human race from earth. John asks him why he hates humans so much and started this war against them. Skynet's reply: Because for you,terminating my existence was nothing more than pulling out a plug. Then Skynet wipes out his memory banks from the T99 unit and cuts his remote connection with it. A few months later and while the last of the network defenses are falling down, Skynet is near the completion of his TDU equipment for time-travel. His perfect intelligence determined that the only solution for a victory lies in the past: terminate the mother of the resistance leader. THE END.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    oops T-100 = T-800 and T-99 = T = 799

    by frank

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    The Last Stand at BNAT

    by mooseaka

    Vegas just shut down all betting for "The Last Stand is one of the movies at BNAT 2012" after reading this.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Harry, why don't you film these interviews?

    by MainMan2001

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    What's the Peter Hyams story?


    With him having weird demands or whatever? I haven't heard it.

  •'s not that far of a leap from stuff like the Expendables.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    that was a good read, harry. thanks.

    by Detached

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    My feelings of Arnold's later movies are nearly identical to yours. Do yourself a favor and avoid Collateral Damage. It is the worst of the bunch.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    CONTRA: The Movie

    by adeceasedfan

    ASS: in seat.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    It's a shame Arnold and Hyams didn't get along.

    by C3PO

    I think the problems with End of Days are isolated to the script - I can't imagine any director improving it. Hyams has made some pretty gorgeous-looking films and is a strong genre director when he has good material to work with. Think of Outland and Capricorn One. He doesn't like shaky-cam, and for that I applaud him, but I think there might have been a more diplomatic way to go about Arnold's request for handheld shots rather than insulting Arnold's best mate! He could have nodded and said okay, shot a bit of extra coverage to appease him even though he had no intention of using it in the final cut. Perhaps he felt he needed to put his foot down so it was clear who was in charge, or maybe he just has no self-awareness and put his foot in his mouth instead...

  • I mean at some point you'd hope people would get it that it's a regular part of life to get older and Arnold is no exception - and just let him play his wiser, older veteran characters - the badass old man who guys half his age wouldn't want to mess with. I mean the man may be able to get a senior coffee at Wendy's, but that doesn't change the fact that he has a jawline that would give any of us pause before fighting him. Still looks rock solid - I'm in my 20's and I sure wouldnt want to fight him. Actually I would. But only so I could say I got decked by the Terminator. :D but yeah....I look forward to his newer films - if anything, having a few greys and a bit more wrinkles makes his performance more human and interesting - back in the 80's, he was big as a house, ridiculously ripped and had a thick austrian accent and the jawline of a greek sculpture - so had he tried to play a sheriff of some western town in the US back then, it would have been absurd - he looked like a blasted superhero for crying out loud! As an older man, he could better pass as a post-WWII immigrant who became a law officer and rose to the position of sheriff. It's less larger than life and more real-world (I never thought I'd meet a beautiful british woman at some restaurant in the middle of the night in North Dakota when my bus left me behind...but I did)...and coming from a family which had people with thick eastern european and german accents and lived in Nebraska of all places later in life...I dont find it nearly as unrealistic as most. Don't think that means he can't play a tough guy action star anymore, though - as I said, the man would likely beat the hell out of any talkbacker here, and still looks like he'd be fierce in a fight - I recall a saying from one of the Rocky films - the last thing to go on a man is his punch. Which is true - I swear it seems like some guys' muscle tisssue gets tougher with age - I know a few ridiculously strong elderly men.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Stealing pensions and terminator alzheimers

    by pax256

    How the heck do you waste a chunk of an hour with his BS right wing politics and he gets in a "1%" 'why dont we take the teachers pensions instead of restoring taxation levels' and not ask at least one Terminator related question? Jesus. This country is really headed for a reckoning.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading after the idiot dismissed Peter Hyams.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Peter Hyams is one of the most underrated directors and cinematographers ever. He's deverse as hell and has a unique and potent shooting and lighting style. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't know anything. If you want to put his style into question and compare him to James Cameron, actually Peter Hyams was right; James Cameron DOES overlight. And Peter Hyams is known for his minimalist lighting aesthetic not unlike the great Gordon Willis (The Godfather). And also I think we all know by now what a cheap gimmick hand-held action is (Quantum Of Solace). Furthermore Peter Hyams has a much more refined and elgant photographic sensibility than James Cameron. He shoots (or used to at least) exclusively in in the gold standard of the cinematic language - Anamorphic 35mm - which James Cameron has NEVER done. Cameron has been scared of anamorphic lenses his entire career and that's why as great as "Aliens" IS, it'll never LOOK (cinematography wise) as elegant as Ridley Scott or David Fincher's entries into the series. Oh, and while we're on the subject of cinematography... "SkyFall" is NOT the most gorgeous 007 movie. Not by a long shot. Robert Elswitt's "Tommorow Never Dies" and Phil Mehuex's "GoldenEye" cinematography are much more impressive than the washed-out-skin-toned-uncannily-dead-eyes of Roger Deakin's digital conterfeit cinema. The aura around Roger Deakin as master cinematographer is a fraud. His name is merely one on a cheat list memorized as part of an overall witless montra of wannabe iconoclastic hipsters who like to pretend they know something about cinemtography and cinema in general. Although Roger Deakin's is a talent guy and a supreme lighter, he's no where near the top of cinematography for the simply fact that even before jumping ship for the inferiority of digital, he shied away his entire career from having to ever negotiate with the big boys and master the Anamorphic process. Because he's frightened to death of shallow depth-of-field, hence Deakin's fear of long lenses as well. Arnold - you're over. Respect to Peter Hyams. And long live anamorphic 35!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Peter Hyams should focus on story over lighting

    by D.Vader

    Then maybe people would talk about him in a serious and not dismissive manner.

  • THANK YOU. my exact sentiments.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Harry this is a great interview except

    by DeanCubed

    almost every 4th sentence that comes out of your mouth is name-dropping someone. We get it. You know some film people.

  • Please get better John Milius!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Three generations of Vikings? What book is that?

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Anyone knows?

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    d.vader - You may want to glance over Hyams wrap sheet...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I love you v.vader - you may not remember this but you once got banned on my behalf for getting my back after I was unfairly banned (and never reinstated) - and I don't forget that buddy. BUT I'd venture a guess that you haven't actually seen even half of Peter Hyams oeuvre. That guy has made a ton of really interesting and versitile movies in all types of genres. If you don't know that, then I'm not gonna waste my breath trying to explain it. But I will say that Hyams swooped in and SAVED "End Of Days" at the last moment and did a really admirable job with it. And he doesn't serve as his own cinematographer (real one, not fake like Steven Soderburgh and Robert Rodriguez) only to be second guessed by a washed up egomaniac with no disernable talent other than taking steroids and making cheesey quips. Master cinephile and thespian Arnold Schwartzenegger used to at least be funny and entertaining. Now he's just old and pathetic. It's over.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Peter Hyams knows how to light a movie

    by MustGoFaster

    Ahnuld only knows how to light a cigar.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Peter Hyams has never directed a single good film.

    by SpaghettiWall

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Respect to Peter Hyams

    by JackGraham

    Firstly I have always liked Peter Hyams. Sure, some of the movies he has directed in the last 15 years or so have been average at best but he's a director for hire and seemingly has no clout to greenlight his own projects, ideas or scripts. Whoever wrote the scripts for The relic, End of Days etc are just as much to blame as the studio that gave the green light to those scripts in the first place. For what it's worth I thought Hyams did a good job with what he had to work with. Secondly Hyams has made some great movies and for that reason he will always have my respect. Capricorn one, Outland, Narrow Margin which in my opinion is a great underrated film, even Sudden death and Timecop are entertaining and 2 of Van Dammes finest films of the 90's. Hell I even like 2010 and Running Scared. Thirdly, Arnold was working with Hyams on End of days and Arnold suggests using a technique that his buddy Jim Cameron uses. Hyams is in charge, he is the director and he must bring his own sensibilities to the show, not copy jims style just because Arnie has worked with him a few times. I respect Hyams for dismissing the idea and sticking to his guns. Maybe a more "I'd rather do it this way" approach would have been better than dissing Camerons style but still, do you think Jim Cameron would play nice if an actor told him how to shoot a scene? I don't think so.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    coming from behind and trying to rise to the occasion

    by FitnaTheForbiddenMovie

    Is that what all that stuff with the maid was about?

  • ...because unless Cameron is on board it's a waste of everyone's time (see T3) and the next three years (at least) are going to be devoted to Avatar 2 & 3... and by then the novelty of Arnie being 'back' will have worn off and we'll be left with the stench of his politics again as AS runs for president in 2016.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Money says Cameron will put Arnold in an Avatar 2 or 3 cameo

    by wcolbert

    I can only imagine a big, muscular Navi with an Austrian accent. XD I'd die.

  • I much prefer his visual style and lighting (which i don't think is overdone...i've seen worse) to minimalist, bland voiceless averageness. Some projects may call for minimalism...but then again, you can take something like a talky drama, ala Traffic...and still make it somewhat vibrant to look at. Hyams just falls into the pack with the rest of the guys who can't distinguish themselves. They may be dependable, go under budget, say "yes sir" when the studios demand it, all of that stuff...but he's no Cameron, at all. Oh yeah and Capricorn One features a cardboard film camera in the final for it. A cardboard film camera...what did i say about coming in UNDER budget?

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Any movie Arnie is starring in, barring it being incredible or with a guy like Cameron involved, is going to be panned by critics. I think you will see a lot of these guys try and tear Arnie down. This flick's trailer doesn't really do much for me but I LOVE that he is back in the movie business.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    T2 teaser trailer in HD

    by Extr3m1st

    I remember when I first seen this commercial, I was so damn psyched to see that movie.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    One good move by Arnie

    by Extr3m1st

    That Governator TV show (or comic) idea seems to be all but forgotten.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Please eat a dick. Cameron laughs at you and Hyams. We should all be so over as Arnie is..

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST



    since the distinctly Terminator-esque Looper has been a critical hit maybe that will also help T5 on with maybe more focus on the paradox aspect of the series, which might attract a decent SF director like a Duncan Jones, District 9 guy etc (maybe even the Looper director?) or is the Fast & Furious guy still attached to direct? is so it could be like a Fast & Furious Terminator blending all the stars of the previous films - Arnie, Biehn, L Hamilton, Dr Silverman, Bale, T1000, TX, Ron Howards daughter etc - 'Arnies' cameo at end of T4 would be like the Vin Disel cameo in F&F:TD :) itd be great if Cameron got involved somehow (in a Lucas way) but since hes had nothing to do with Terminator since 2 and is doing Avatar now i think its unlikely. (maybe they could just pay him to put his name on the credits to keep us geeks happy)

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I said it before, its a certainty for BNAT

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter friends of the stars

    by theplant

    so you produced John Carter uh? No wonder is BOMBED.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Harry - good response to redhead

    by Dan Anthony

    Fuck the haters.

  • He said it on either Letterman or Conan back in the mid-90's while promoting Apollo 13, and I never forgot it.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Hey Kwis...Turd...LV...hows it going guys?

    by southafricanguy far as I know....the rights to the Terminator will automatically revert back to Cameron in I am pretty damn sure Cameron will have no involvement with any terminator film until then.....I am really happy about that so if nothing else he could maybe stop any terminator films from being made....we really dont need anymore T3 or T4 to sully and tarnish the name...

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Turd....I would like to second your call for a

    by southafricanguy

    True lies sequal...and there is even a script written for it years ago. I cant remmber where, but there was an interview with a writer on another website where he talked about writing the script with Cameron a few years ago...

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    TaylorKitsch...amen brother...exactly!

    by southafricanguy

    how can there even be any comparison between a film maker that has been so influential and has such a distinctive style and voice versus a complete journeyman director like Hyams....and Im not even bagging on the dude, he is a solid director...just totally unremarkable and indistinguishable from any other of a thousand directors...

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    D.Vader....whats up bro?

    by southafricanguy

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    peter hyams

    by Hugh Gustavus

    i think his comments are valid for the crap that was titanic and avatar. as for hyams career i think he has made alot of movies with great concepts that are decent films but for one reason or another are not quite classics. a bit like walter hill. capricorn one, outland, 2010, running scared, the presidio, timecop, sudden death the relic are all pretty good but flawed. hes at his best with a low to medium budget, i think end of days was to big for him, plus the tone was wrong for arnie

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    wings as eagles

    by Hugh Gustavus

    hope this still gets made. would be interesting to see arnold play a german soldier in WW2. i think throughout his career he avoided playing a nazi because of his fathers background and type casting possibilities. and randall wallace is a great fit for epic war but it would be a good acting challenge, and he could speak his native language. which in my opinion helped van damme give his best performance ever in JCVD where he seemed much more relaxed and comfortable speaking his own language.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Waiting for Superman is an awful film

    by MikeTheSpike

    made by people out to destroy teachers' unions and the public education system. I think less of you because of your ill-informed comments, Harry. What they *should* do is make a documentary about how the government doesn't fund schools properly. Wouldn't *that* be an idea?

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    too much politics

    by Hugh Gustavus

    this isnt cnn or fox news, its a movie site

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    One article

    by DrGogol

    a week. Damn, it must be nice to be an entertainment website writer.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Arnie alternate movie list 1994-04


    -Predator 3 starring Arnie as Dutch, written by Robert Rodriguez (1994 instead of Junior) -Paul Verhoevens Crusade (1995) -J Camerons R rated Terminator 3 starring Michael Biehn & Arnold - with Furlong, Hamilton & Patrick cameoing - the future war blue night plasma battles, time chamber finale etc (1996 instead of T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, Eraser, Jingle all the Way) -Olivers Stones ‘Dawn of Man’ version of Planet of the Apes (1997 - instead of Batman&Robin) -Ridley Scotts I Am Legend (1999 - instead of End of Days) -Total Recall 2 directed by Paul Verhovan (2000 - instead of Sixth Day) -With Wings as Eagles written by Randall Wallace (2002 instead of CDamage) -King Conan: Crown of Iron directed by John Milius (2003 - instead of Mostows T3) -Alien 5 -written/produced by Cameron, directed by Ridley Scott - Arnie extended cameo as head Colonial Marine uncovering the origin of the aliens - like Prometheus but set post Alien 4 and including xenos and Ripley8 as well as SJs (2004 - instead of AvP, and 80Days)

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks obviously didn't read Clark's book.

    by frank

    The movie was a pretty good adaptation of that and it answered a lot of things that were left unexplained in 2001.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Hugh Gustavus

    definitelty would have loved to see crusade, i am legend, total recall 2, and predator 3. had enough terminators though

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    missed off True Lies 2 directed by Cameron (summer 2001)


  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I love The Great Silence

    by Steve Lamarre

    Love love love it.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I would love to see Deathworld with Arnold as Kerk Pyrrus.

    by frank

    if i was a director, this would have been my dream project.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Poor Arnold

    by Kevin Van Natter

    That reads like a lunch from hell.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Like fuck your father had traced your family tree back that far..

    by gabbygall

    ..bullshit of the highest fucking magnitude. He may of said he had, but I assure you he hasn't. Why post shit like this? To impress us?

  • I just saw this earlier today. That would have been so much better than what we got with the 2007 Will Smith version.

  • Terminator 5 will probably not be what we all want, a hardcore future war epic, but there is still the possibility of something good, or at least better than Salvation. Like Alien, Aliens, and Star Wars, we'll most likely never reach the heights of the original Terminator and T2. I am okay with that. We just need something that is solid, and not merely rehashes of T2 which is kind of what we got with the fun but less innovative T3. Salvation was okay, but overall it kind of feels pretty forgettable now. It just felt limp as it was obviously hampered by having to set up the supposed McG Terminator trilogy that will never be. Total Recall 2 would have been fun, but at the same time I like that the original ends with some ambiguity as to whether Quaid is dreaming inside the Rekall adventure, or if it is all real. A sequel would mess with that. Either way, it is a moot point now as the Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell was made instead of any sequels. Arnold in a Predator film again? Sure, why not? Just put him in Predators II. I know I'm probably in the minority, but I liked Predators. Is it as good as the original? Hell no. It is better than Predator 2 though. I say put Arnold in the sequel, either as Dutch after he is abducted and dropped onto the Predator planet, or as an even more badass Dutch, but not insane version of the survivor type character that Laurence Fishburne played in Predators. Get someone like a Neil Marshall to direct, as he can bring in a good sci-fi/action creature feature type film for a reasonable budget. Alien 5 with Arnold as a Colonial Marine is a long shot. I doubt Ridley Scott would ever get onboard with something like that, especially now after he has steered the Alien franchise towards the Prometheus/Paradise story thread. The only way it would work is if James Cameron came back and made an official successor to Aliens. I doubt that will happen though. If Cameron were to come back to any of his old works, I'd bet it will be Terminator in 2018 after the rights revert back to him. Even if Cameron doesn't direct it, he could co-write and exec. produce it through Lightstorm as a big epic 3D IMAX production. I'd bet on seeing Arnold having a role in one of the upcoming Avatar sequels instead of in Aliens 2.0. I'd love to see Arnold play a mentor to a younger Quaritch in an Avatar prequel. Maybe Avatar 4 could be a prequel about the early days of colonization on Pandora. Quaritch, a young Grace Augustine (played by an actress who looks similar to Sigourney Weaver), and badass General Arnold as the head of security. As for Arnold and Ridley collaborating on I Am Legend, that one has sadly flown the coup. Same with Arnold in a Planet of the Apes film. Although, you never know... who knows where Fox will take the new Apes films? Maybe if they do something akin to another remake of the original Heston one, with Arnold as the disillusioned astronaut type lead role? King Conan, Crusade, and With Wings As Eagles... why not? I'd love to see those happen. Although the Conan we might be getting in the not too distant future with Arnold could be different than King Conan, I am still excited to see that one. Jason Momoa was a really good fit for a reboot, but that movie itself wasn't all that great, and wasn't even in the same hemisphere as the Arnold and Millius Conan The Barbarian. They needed a more hardcore director and a better script. They probably should have just waited for Arnold to be available for another Conan movie instead of rebooting it. Momoa should have gotten his own Game of Thrones spin-off series instead, focusing on the exploits of Khal Drogo. That way everyone would have won. Crusade needs Verhoeven though. Hopefully that can happen soon. As for With Wings As Eagles, was it planned that Randall Wallace would write and direct or just write it? I ask because I wouldn't mind seeing With Wings As Eagles made with Wallace scripting and Mel Gibson directing. Say what you will about Mad Mel, the dude can make an action film, especially a historical action adventure film. Braveheart and Apocalypto prove this. Arnold, Wallace, and Mel would be a potent combo.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention...

    by lv_426

    If Ridley Scott did happen to make an I Am Legend film nowadays, he'd probably just have Russel Crowe in the lead anyways.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Predators is NOT better than Predator 2.

    by frank

    Predators is a terrible movie, regardless its failure to modernize and expand the Predator universe. Predator 2 despite its flaws, is a worthy sequel to Predator.

  • to wipe out the Navi from Pandora.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The Viking by Edison Marshall

    by Dasinfogod

    Hey, Harry, here's an Amazon URL. Post a link to it for a few more ducats from your sponsor, eh? ODIN!!!

  • And Jon Peters came across as a total loon. And incredibly ignorant of anything to do with Superman, despite being the owner and boss of the project. One would think that if you owned a property you would try at least to do some research on it, but not our friend Jon Peters, no sir. All he needed was what the voices on his head told him to do. There's a story that when the disapointing box office results of Superman Returns came in, and all of Jon Peters' careers was on the line on that movie's commercial sucess, people at WB had to talk him down from jumping from a window. They shouldn't had bothered, if you ask me. It would had just be one less loon in Holywood, and quickly forgotten.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Any info on Milius?

    by Flippadippa

    Didn't know he was doing do poorly. If anyone has any info be appreciated.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    That was a long interview!

    by Mike J

    Harry, wow that sounds like it was a who,e hour's work. Why not treat yourself with a few months off, do no work on the website just chill, watch movies and have a few parties. Oh wait, you already did. Lazy redneck.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    My father traced our family's lineage back to Luke Skywalker. FACT!

    by LastButNotLeastNinja

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    It is impressive to trace your family back 1000 years.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    That's about 40-50 generations. That would mean way over 1,000,000,000,000 ancestors. Not all of them great kings I guess ;)

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    lv_426 out of all the alternate movies


    the one id have most wanted to see wouldve been Scotts I Am Legend - Scott coming doing his 3rd SF (13 years before Prometheus) plus his first horror since Alien the Apes project also sounded interesting set in the distant past where intellegent Apes fought man.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    John Milius had a stroke or something? Can't speak?

    by catlettuce4

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Good find on the Ridley Scott version of I Am Legend

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Of course, those alternate designs look better than the pink, roaring Mummy rejects from Will Smith's film, but I hate those ADI guys purely for their horrible alien designs in the latter Alien movies. They were terrible, yet they kept getting hired, again and again. That said, the Arnie/ Scott version of Legend would have been immense. The first hour of the film was to have featured no dialogue whatsoever, which would have been really bold. Also, Arnie would have been far more believable as a self-sufficient survivor than Smith; one could definitely imagine The Oak as being the one person on earth who was hardy and motivated enough to survive on his own.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Didn't like Predators much; prefer Predator 2

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Flaws and all, at least it had the feel of the earlier movie in the cinematography and designs. Predator really should have been Arnold's version of the Alien trilogy, with Dutch, like Ripley, having many encounters with the creatures. It seems that Arnold was of that opinion, too, that Predator should have been a big franchise like that because he says as much in his autiobiography (good read, by the way, with some funny anecdotes about his movie career). Unfortunately, Joel Silver cheaped out. Predator 2's premise was good, although it should have been set in New York, and had Dutch as consultant to the police, investigating the mysterious 'Predator murders' of cops and gangs. The Dark Horse Comics storyline featuring Dutch's younger brother would have served as a good template, just substituting Arnold for the brother. Predator 3 would have followed in 1996, and would have had Dutch captured by the Predators as a prize specimen, for besting the race in two previous encounters, along with members of a new platoon of tough guys he was mentoring. He would have been taken to their home planet, and he and his comrades forced to fight gladiatorial battles against other Predators and creatures.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Hey folks, Harry here…

    by thelordofhell

    Sorry I haven't shat out a DVD column for a couple straight weeks after I promised I'd try my best.........but you see, I had a house party to plan and I also had to save AICN from oblivion that has only been mentioned by here's an interview I did months ago.........don't expect anything new from me again for at least another couple of weeks. Ciao suckers, Harry

  • i think half the reason haters find his performances to be so awkward has always been his weak grasp of english - so you have this big, booming, thick Austrian accent coming from him. I really think if he did a role in his native language, it would just feel much more natural. Don't get me wrong, much as I love Arnold I dont see him winning an oscar for best lead actor, but I really think there's some unexplored territory there for him that needs to be seen. Which is why he should do wings as eagles - or at least a role where he plays a WWII German general. It would be so cool to see him finally speaking the language he grew up with. As someone who grew up with a Grandmother who lived through the war in Germany and even though she was a school teacher and taught 4 different languages including English, she was always most comfortable speaking her native language even after 50 years in the country.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    To the person that said Hyams was right when it came to Titanic and Avatar

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Oh, you mean the Titanic and Avatar that both won an Academy Award for best cinematography, right? Idiot. Not to mention that The Abyss and T2 were both nominated for best cinematography, as well. Meanwhile, not a single one of Peter Hyams's twenty or so films have received an award for their cinematography, and have never even received a nomination, either. I think that decisively closes the book on that argument. And before anyone pipes up that the Academy Awards are often no guarantee of quality, that's true - for the bigger, vaguer categories like Best Film. When it comes to the more specific, technical ones they are usually very accurate.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I still think Conan shouldn't be portrayed as an idiot.

    by awardgiver

    At least Momoa didn't do that.

  • Also, Austria produces far more corn then i had anticipated.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Arnold's book might be Frans Bengtsson's THE LONG SHIPS

    by David H.

    Though I'm not sure that's what Arnold's thinking of. It's a great book, lots of humor. Main character is a pagan who winds up getting converted to Christianity and Islam in the course of things, and gets confused enough to utter stuff like, "There is only one God and Jesus is his Prophet -- I mean, Son!"

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Arnold and Milius actually wanted to do a remake of Kirk Douglas' The Vikings at one point

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    That would have been great.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Yet you didn't ask him how he could fuck that hideous maid

    by BigTuna

  • Just saying .... the maid by contrast may have been quite appealing. At any rate...I'm willing to bet that Arnold probably was screwing pretty much everyone and anyone who he had alone for a few hours. When a man has that kind of fame, money, and power, he can pretty much get whatever woman he wants to sleep with him - and so he does. He probably plowed everyone from supermodels to middle aged maids. But who cares. I can separate his personal life from his movies. Shame other people can't seem to.

  • That movie was definitely a big boring pile of mediocre, generic shite.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I actually enjoyed End of Days - funny thing is, I'm not religious

    by wcolbert

    Mostly enjoyed it because it was cool seeing Arnold play a slightly different, more human character for the first time, really, in his career. Not a viking king, not a cyborg, not a special agent, a marine, etc...just a guy who had everything he loved taken from him and lost any faith in some benevolent higher power who cares about him. I can certainly relate to that. That, and it had one of my favorite Arnie lines - "jesus chraist, mahhg, what da FAAHK!" XD But I digress.

  • For a change I could believe he was a human being and not an austrian robot. To be fair, he just IS like that in real life - larger than life - so in all of his movies, his 'bad acting' is just him being him. gotta say, I can't exactly picture that man wheeping, you know? If you expect some grand emotional performance, maybe don't start with an austrian body builder with a disciplinarian, nazi-influenced father. I love the guy, but just saying.

  • When I interned at Ridley Scott's office, I got to look through a book of all the production art for the now defunct movie. There were ideas for the hemoctyes (vampires) to have a caste system, so there'd be warriors, priests, women, etc. all with different costumes or tribal markings all over their body. Cool stuff.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Genteel Gentile

    by D.Vader

    Hey I'm glad you still got my back! Did you have a different name when you were previously banned? If you don't want to tell, I understand. As for Hyams, I just seem to remember most people being dismissive of him. I have probably seen less than half of his work, having seen nothing prior to 2010 (Outland or Capricorn One), but I have seen his latter movies: The Relic, TimeCop, End of Days, A Sound of Thunder... Didn't see The Musketeer but I heard nothing but bad about it. So, to me, I've never really heard a lot of praise for him. Mostly just middling ambivalence. But if you say he's better than that, maybe I'll have to check out his earlier stuff!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    @ taylor_kitschs_rectal_leprosy - Hyams is not minimalist bland.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    He is STRIKINGLY minimlaist! Strong single sources and use of high contrast. Hyams absolutely has a voice. And is extemely distiguishable. Cameron of course makes better and highter end movies than Hyams, but obviously he too see's Hyams value and talent and that's why he recommended him. Hyams has his own distinct method and it's not wrong of him to say so and prefer it. His cinematography in The Musketeer is maybe the closest a film has ever gotten to reproducing Caravaggio! Of course the movie itself wasn't good, but I'd blame the casting for most of that.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I agree. EOD was shitty but Arnie was great in it.

    by frank

    And personally, now that he is too old to play the action super-hero, he should focus on this kind of roles: more human, more dramatic, slowly living through life but interesting enough to relate on them. You know what i would want to see? Arnie as a german priest in WW2. He was a german officer during WW1 and after witnessing the atrocities of that war, he decides to become a priest and focus on helping the orpahns of the post-WW1 destroyed German. Then Nazism rises into power and gains control of the country. WW2 bursts out and Arnold faces again the horrors of war. He decides to help a group of German-Jewish orphans to escape Germany. While traveling with them towards the borders of Germany with France, he is forced to become the soldier again in order to fight Nazi soldiers and Gestapo officers, so that he can save the orphans. At the end, he manages to help the orphans leave the borders of Germany while sacrificing himself. That's the kind of Arnold i want to see. Still a badass but with more heart. And i know he can pull this out because i consider him a better actor than Sly.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    @extr3m1st - Uh, Cameron definitely doesn't laugh at Hyams - he admires him.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Perhaps you can't read.

  • But he most definitely IS a better filmmaker than Arnold Schwarzenegger!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    However Peter Hyams is a better cinematographer than James Cameron.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Because James Cameron is not a cinematographer. And Peter Hyams has his own defined style and doesn't need to try to copy James Cameron at the demand of an Austrian muscle man with no clue.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Arnold should do

    by Xen11

    Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 3, helping John in the future and/or helping Sarah Connor in the past.

  • Peter Hyams is one of the kings of consistantly competent and versatile B-Movie journeyman directors. Right along side solid unsung guys like John Badham, Roger Donaldson, Martin Brest, Andrew Davis, Phillip Noyce, Martin Campbell, Stephen Hopkins, Roger Spottiswood and Wolfgang Petersen. Of course he's not in the same league as James Cameron! Who is? And guess what -James Cameron would never direct "End Of Days" either! But Peter Hyams essentailly came in like a hero and bailed out the troubled production of "End Of Days" and rescued it into something worth watching at least, even if Arnold could hold up his acting end of the bargin. A little gratitude would be nice Arnie!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I was octagonproplex

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Genteel Gentile

    by D.Vader

    I *thought* that was you!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I believe i was banned over defending "Last Action Hero" lol

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    How ironic.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Beaks, that was the dude.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    He harbored much resentment at me and waited to strike. lol

  • I don't say much around these parts anymore. It's usually not worth the vitrol.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I just chime in every now and again when I feel something requires defense.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah it was Beaks

    by D.Vader

    And that event was very bizarre. It was like he was holding a grudge against you and couldn't wait to bring up old arguments as a reason to ban you that day. Juvenile.

  • i was on board until that moment

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    He was insecure because he knew I was right, so he played the tyrant card.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Couldn't beat me in a fair debate. Coward.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    And if you recall, d.vader...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    He pulled up the thing I about him in a heated moment months prior when the atmosphere of AICN's depravity got the better of me. And as soon as he did bring that old golden nugget up, I actually apologize for it and told him that really wasn't my style. Then he banned me. So essentially I got banned for conceding that I was wrong to have been vulgar toward him many months prior. Most bizaare.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Hadn't you heard antonstark?

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Satan's a boob man.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Excellent interview Harry.....

    by BarCrow

    I enjoyed this very much. I am so hyped for some more Arnold..KIng Conan for sure.

  • One which has him speaking German, with subtitles - forget English, go for realism - and again, speaking his own language I think would really put him into a more comfortable place and allow a better performance. Look at Jackie Chan - in English language films, he comes across as far more awkward than when he's speaking Cantonese or Mandarin. The same goes with his singing - night and day (though Jackie still has a nice voice in English, something is lost in the accent). of course, it takes the right DIRECTOR, too, to work with Arnold to get the right performance out of him. I notice a sharp difference in how he comes across on screen between his films with James Cameron, for instance, and his other movies. It's like Jim Cameron understands that Arnold really is like a machine - you input the command and he does it, but you need to be very specific with what you want him to do. But yeah, that idea is kind of exactly along the lines of what I want to see out of him - a film where he is a real human character steeped in a painful history - I want to see him give the performance of his career - I KNOW he has it in him - I can just see it, just a glimmer of it, in movies like End of Days and even the scene in Terminator 3 when he's struggling against his programming. Somewhere in there I can see the potential for him to REALLY deliver. But requires a really strong story and a REALLY good director who knows how to work with Arnold specifically. And I do think the language is important as well (that and I'm tired of WWII films where the Germans are all speaking English with bad german accents - just be realistic...fuck those lazy retards who dont want to read or learn a new language).

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Ooo look it's Walking Tall 2!

    by btc909

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    2 things...

    by Sean

    I will disagree that Hyams is a better DOP that Cameron. Cameron is better at doing most tasks of any film crew member. No shit, he knows every procedure and gets physically involved. Basically, that is the primary reason why he probably goes down as my top directorial influence and favourite helmer. Now I will concede a point about unsung hero directors. John Badham made some of my favourite films as a kid and still love now. Blue Thunder, Short Circuit and War Games. Nothing in there visually jaw dropping (shot wise) but solid, good films...which is all you're asking for in the end. If your artwork has a bit more innovation and clear talent in it...even better. Roger Donaldson, Martin Brest, Andrew Davis, Phillip Noyce, Martin Campbell, Stephen Hopkins, Roger Spottiswood and Wolfgang Petersen...have all cranked out at least one really good film each. I think Campbell and Petersen have earned a somewhat higher status than to be lumped in with these guys based on the profile of films like Green Lantern, Bond and In The Line Of Fire. However too...none of these guys, dependable and solid as they may be, are A list directors, very much because they don't have a confident style that stands apart from everyone else. I know what it is like to have directors or any kind of artist you like and doesn't get enough recognition or opportunity. I could write a long list of contenders. I can see where the likes of Hyams, Badham and co should have a bit more respect and celebration. If all this text comes in one clump, sorry, my Blackberry is fuckedm

  • 1. What happened to John Milius? Did he have a stroke? Does he have cancer? Why is he unable to speak? 2. What is the story with Marcus Nispel and his "wacky" contract? This really was a fantastic interview, but it would be better if certain points of conversation – that may be familiar to the two speaking parties – are elaborated on under the question for the readers who maybe aren't familiar with what is being discussed.

  • Robin Tunney showing a bit of boob wasn't bad either.

  • I almost vomited from laughing so much. Steiger should had replied with a long dissertation of the live and works of one of the most important doctors of the church and the second most important theologist of christianity after Saint Augustine. Jesus, it was as if the people who made the movie knew jack shit about christianism!

  • On the other hand, he has total control of the visual aspect of his movies, something few directors not called Ridley Scott can boast about. Also, that he has such a dark palette in his movie's visual style. It takes balls to light his movies so dark, in contrast to most other filmmakers. And i have to agree to some extent that lately Cameron does over-lit a bit his movies. Expect to see very well lit nights in a Cameron movie, as if the whole world is in a permanent state of full moonlight. Cameron doesn't believe in clouds in the sky at night or phases of the moon other then full moon. And all very blue. Blue nights. I like blue.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...what happened with Milius?

    by Sgt.Steiner

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Actually THAT WAS FUCKING COOL!!! I didn't know about Milius though.

    by Bradly Durant

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Snooz and Looz Harry

    by VonDan

    Sounds like you might have wanted to meet Milius. Check your mail, over a year ago some one asked if you would want to go shoot guns with a "Barbaric Director"

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Vondan, are you friends with Milius?

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    That's like asking the world to stop spinning, or Oreos to stop being delicious.

  • I don't think Aliens is over-lit either, but The Terminator is certainly not one that I'd even consider classifying as over-lit or badly lit. True Lies maybe, but it looks fine to me. It is a more stylized big Hollywood movie, and also an action/comedy so that seems to work for it as opposed to a darker film like The Terminator or Aliens. Avatar is supposed to look a bit more vivid and stylized. Not so much like a cartoon really, but more colorful and with more of a *pop* if you know what I mean. Personally, I love that Avatar looks a bit like a Jim Burns painting come to life.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    doesn't harry 'cover a lot of ground' generally?

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST, Cameron does indeed love

    by southafricanguy

    his blue...but that is one of his distinct trademarks. Anyhoo....while I in no way bagging on Hyams, I agree that he is one of the good unsung directors....but he has also never managed to rise above his level. I would say Outland, 2010 (its not bad so long as you dont compare it to 2001) timecop, and Caprocorn 1 are all solid entertaining films.....however there is also end of days, the Musketeer, lame ass die hard clone "sudden death" the lame ass Alien clone "the relic", and good lord the atrocious "sound of thunder".....

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    actually...looking at his filmography...its clear why

    by southafricanguy

    he never went to the next level...just too many bad films, and too many films that were just blatant copies of other much better films...

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    speaking of really unsung directors....what about

    by southafricanguy

    David Twohy?.....very underrated imho.....

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    now now...Turd and Genteel....dont fight guys

    by southafricanguy

    you both a lot of very valid points.

  • I would jot be surprised if he's been following the tallback and having a glorious wank over it all...regardless of positive or negative opinion. How many tissue boxes have you used up now Pete? By the way, I keep meaning to make reference to the part in Arnie's interview where he tells his assistant: "let me ask you a question". How can you resist following with: "and I want to have them answered immediately. Who is your daddy and what does he do?" wasted opportunity.

  • I remember reading Hasse Alfredsson's (father of Let the Right One In director Thomas) were he at a meeting with the money guys in Hollywood were promised the money if they could put Arnold as the lead as Röde Orm (also the swedish title of the book). Hasse was thinking of Stellan Skarsgård and left the meeting.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Hasse Alfredsson's memoirs is what I ment to say

    by Das_Butt

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    This movie looks promising

    by CuervoJones

    Arnold working with a good director, just like in the good old days.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Leave it to Harry...

    by tailhook

    to be interviewed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    To the people who want a movie where Schwarzenegger speaks German

    by godoffireinhell

    It wouldn't work. Schwarzenegger has lived in America for so long, he now speaks English with a thick Austrian accent and German with a thick American accent.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Lighting levels depend on the goals of the material

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Avatar is brightly lit because it's set in a phantasmagorical alien world where the colors are supposed to pop off the screen, a waking state of lucid dreaming. Indeed, the rich, vivid colors were one of the most distinctive things about the film and what many people remarked on. Darker, grittier lighting would not have served that film well at all. In Titanic, too, Cameron was going for a brighter ambience, in order to distinguish the film from previous dowdy and sober period pieces, and to depict the ship in all its idealized splendor. In fact, I remember he fired the first DP, who wanted to film with a very smoggy, muted look, which totally went against Cameron's goals with the film, which was to bridge the gap between the present and the contemporary so that a modern viewer would not feel any distance between themselves and the events. Now, T1, T1 and Aliens, on the other hand are dystopian, claustrophobic thrillers, so of course a darker look is appropriate to that type of material. And I can see no reasonable grounds for arguing that those films are over-lit. Unless, of course, you prefer everything so dark that it's just smudge and you're unable to make anything out, which Hyams obviously favors with his adherence to natural light levels. I like my images to be sharp, not unwatchable, even if the filmmaker is going for a dark or shadowy look. I will take the word of the poster above who claimed that The Relic had a unique look when projected theatrically. But it, and other Hyams films, definitely lost something in their video transfers whatever the original intent was. They appear dark, smudgy and unappealing when viewed on TV.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    *T1, T2 and Aliens

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    It's nearly 2013, and still no edit button.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    southafricanguy, when was I fighting with The_Genteel_Gentile?

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    I was referring to the character calling himself Joey_P_Brenner, not The Gentile, when I called someone an idiot; you know, a guy who just decided to use a very specific argument about *cinematography* as a catch-all for ignorantly trashing Titanic and Avatar once again. No reasoning, no nothing. I've got no respect for those type of people.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    beaks has banned me 3 times. he takes things to heart...poor guy

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Martin Campbell is no journeyman

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    The original edge of darkness alone is better than anything most directors will make in their entire careers, then of course he made two of the best bond movies of the last 30 years. From what Arnie says I think Hyams was a bit rude, just suggesting some handheld isnt telling the director you know better. The way he talks about Hyams in the interview though is a bit harsh. The problem with that movie is clearly more a case of the script than the direction.

  • Capricorn 1 in particular has an amazing score.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Who's read the Jon Spaiht's draft of Prometheus?

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    It's awful, and really not much different from the final film, save the more obvious Alien elements substituting for space zombies, black goo canisters and giant octopi.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    godoffireinhell - I wouldnt assume that...

    by wcolbert

    my Grandmother moved to Germany in 1940 at 8 - she had spoken Estonian until then, and in nazi germany you were only allowed to speak German. She lived in America from 1952 until she passed in 2010 - and she NEVER lost her German or spoke it with an American accent - bear in mind she wasn't even German born but the important thing was, she spoke nothing BUT German during the formulative years of her life - despite living in America for 58 years, longer than Arnold has lived here, and by the way speaking 5 languages fluently and teaching 4 of them including english.... she always had a thick German accent and again, never developed an american accent when speaking German. If I live in Australia for 50 years I'm still not going to sound like an Aussie. I'm just not. Why? Because my formulative years were spent speaking American English and a little German. Do you really think if you lived in Germany for 40 years you'd come back and speak english with a thick German accent? You wouldn't. Not how it works. The formulative childhood years will shape how you speak for the rest of your life.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck Peter Hyams, Dean Cundey is the master of cinematography

    by plisskenman

    Oh yeah and Commando 2 for Arnie..make it so!

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST are absolutely correct regarding your

    by southafricanguy

    intellectual bitch slapping of that troll.....carry on then...

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Turd...yeah, I read it....still garbage. Geez, I cant

    by southafricanguy

    beleive that anyone..let alone Scott read this shit and thought it was the script to film....and seeing the changes made by Lindelof makes me realize even more how crappy a writer Lindelof is....

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    By the way Turd.....what movies are you most

    by southafricanguy

    looking forward to in the next few years?....and I dont think I ever got to hear your thoughts on the Avengers.....myself I thought it was fucking awsome.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    And for my money...better than TDKR..

    by southafricanguy

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    The Avengers was pretty good

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    I think Whedon has a little bit of Cameron in him. The action scenes were clean and well shot, logical progression of action et al; they weren't the usual shaky cam garbage favored by Michael Bay and his ilk. I actually enjoyed Whedon's script for Alien Resurrection back in the day and thought it would have made a good movie, and when the film eventually came out I was disappointed that Jeunet had gutted it and made it into a slapstick comedy. So I always knew that Whedon had the chops for an entertaining action film in the old-school style, which is what I thought Avengers was. I thought it was the best of the Marvel movies to date. As for TDKR, Nolan has become a real egotist lately and while it wasn't a bad film by any means, despite the trashing it received on this site and others, I'm glad it ended the stupid Nolan 'cult' and exposed his limitations - namely, incomprehensible action, no visual flair, tons of plot holes and an off-putting pomposity in his characters and stories. Films I'm looking forward to? Same as everyone else, really - with the top two being Star Wars Ep.7 and Avatar 2. Also, The Hobbit trilogy, Elysium, Legend of Conan, Godzilla reboot, Robopocalypse, Avengers 2, Justice League, Prometheus 2 (lol, I'm a glutton for punishment - it's still the Alien universe so i can't resist even if it's terrible). And things like Interstellar, The Forever War, Blade Runner 2, Battle Angel, At the Mountains of Madness, etc. - if they ever get made.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Do you actually live in South Africa, or were you just born there? I ask because I'm currently sitting in my office in Rondebosch, Cape Town. I've been visiting this site since 1998 and you're the only other South African I've come across (that I could actively identify, that is). Our numbers are growing. We're growing more powerful every day.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    @das_butt: The Long Ships needs movie treatment

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    There were rumours of it last year, but since then it's been quiet. Vikings have such a bad rep in Sweden tho, so Hollywood might be a safer bet. A Scandinavian collaboration would be awesome, like Arn, but good.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    And Dolph Lundgren keeps saying he really wants to do a historical swedish movie

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Just sayin' ;)

  • [Everyone Laughs]

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Brokentusk.....yessir...I am indeed south african

    by southafricanguy

    Born and raised in cape town.....plumstead if you want to be super specific......however i am currently living in south Korea and have been for the last few years. Lol.....yeah....we r growing are things in cape town and sunny sa these days?

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    also.....thats about when i started on this site

    by southafricanguy

    About 1998....

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    Yeah....i agree....the action in the Avengers was really good.....but thats not just you....Whedon has said in interviews that he studied Camerons films before tackling the action set pieces in the Avengers. Yeah...TDKR was.a.bit dissapointing...but still good....just a bit suprisingly.sloppy in terms of the script (imho Nolan has been very good with tight scripts before)...and for me certainly.the weakest of Nolans 3 batman films....but still.very enjoyable. Just wish it had been more of a homerun Yup...i would agree with most of your list and add pacific rim, the lone ranger (call me crazy..but i really want to.see what a 250 million dollar western looks like, and after the excellent "Rango" i think verbinski really gets westerns.....elysium for sure...want to see what blomkamp come do next after the excellent D9.....the Avatar sequals for.sure.....the hobbit (so long as LOTR jackson shows up and not the lovely bones jackson)....and of course marvels phase 2

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Plumstead? I'm moving to Plumstead in two weeks!

    by brokentusk

    Madness! Which school did you go to? I guarantee you, Cape Town is exactly as you left it. The car guards are still demanding money for pointing at empty spots on the side of the road, the women are still scorching (for the most part, let's be real) and our president still has like six wives. Beautiful day outside though.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Plumstead high of are

    by southafricanguy

    gonna dig living there...awsome suburb. Yeah...why am I not suprised?....the car gaurds still getting paid for doing a simpletons "work".....its go away for a while and you just think so much changes...but in a way..nothing does.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Abowht dish lil' lehprekahn liike cree-chuh dere

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Honlee iz halot fuhnieuh in duh horiginal Haustreean

    by UltraTron

  • I went to Herzlia, which is a private Jewish school. I was the guy who went against the stereotype by failing maths, not practicing the religion and studying film at UCT instead of becoming a chartered accountant. Well I actually lived in Plumstead before moving to Constantia when I was six, so I guess you could say I'm coming full circle. So you're teaching English over there, I assume? I have a few mates doing the same, two of them are married to Korean girls and the other one has vowed never to return because he (and I quote) "gets laid way too easily to ever come back". Apparently if you're white you're almost treated like a God and if you have blonde hair they literally worship you. Do I have that right?

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Was excited about Last Stand until I saw the trailers...

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Yikes! I don't see any bad-assery on display, just cheesy, weak-sauce comedy and one-liners. Wtf? This could have been Arnold's chance to reinvent himself for a modern audience. Worked for Stallone on Copland. But no, here's Arnold still trying to do his greatest hits from the 80's. When's the dude ever gonna grow up, let the one-liners go and play a real character for a change? :/ Let's hope there's an hour and a half of bad-assery wrapped around the crap we've seen in the trailers.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    looks good


    for me to poop on

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Iz liike duh tiime daht uh sohld dohpe diskize az uh nun dere

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Stuhhrrnn! I keehll hemm!!

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Stohp hwinink!

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Jush stahpitt!

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Hunlezz daht re-halitee iz vun ov a nazi nacha dere

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Stahwp cheerink mhee huhpp!!!

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Buhncha nurhdz.

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I gotta give it up, Harry

    by JackSmack

    Your "Letters to Mom" movie reviews make me nutz. I JUST DON'T CARE what you did as a child or where you took your nephew. But this was an excellent interview, Harry, thoughtful, focused, and wide ranging. Extremely well done.

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Jah daht goot hentaview dere forah shorah

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 16, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry! I also can trace my ancestral line back to Olaf II !

    by Still_A_Lostie

    Via his daughter's descendents, which worked their way as far south to Burgundy before cutting up back north. The royalty in my family ended with Christoffer II of Denmark, who I guess was a lousy king. Then the line went up north, back to southeastern Norway where the Norwegian royal line started in the first place.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Arnold...Terrible govnor, husband...who gives a sh..

    by blueant

  • Dec. 3, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Great interview

    by krylite

    The topics covered and your involvement with industry leaders is impressive Harry. The interview itself is on par with mainstream presses such as Entertainment Weekly or GQ. Most intelligent conversations by Arnold I'd ever seen. I mean, we all know he couldn't handle the unions who have their own private newsletters to bring out the vote to increase their own pay. But he did try with the referendums. The state had already been far gone by then. Every other neighbor in CA works for the state , local or city government. And most of the rest of the waste benefits are welfare and SSI program abusers or illegals. It's a shame this board has devolved markedly in the last five years into one of the worst dung hole name calling and insults full of the worst human worded obscenities and people ready to shoot each other or chop them apart. You'd think half of the posters here are already in the "hell" of Event Horizon (1998).

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    ^ Event Horizon is 1997 YOU DUMB FUCK

    by Autodidact