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When Arnold Schwarzenegger announced back in May that he was putting the brakeson restarting his Hollywood career after the news of his illegitimate child got out, did we assume that we’d start hearing whispers about his comeback’s comeback less than two months later? No, but it appears that the guy may step in front of the cameras as soon as September. That sure seems fast.

Deadline’s Nikki Finke reported yesterday (later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter) that Arnold is interested in the Lionsgate Western “The Last Stand.” Interestingly, this is something that he’s been kicking around since at least April when it seemed like either a new “Terminator” or a drama called “Cry Macho” would be his first post-governor gig. But “The Last Stand” will be the English-language debut of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, who most recently did the twisty revenge thriller “I Saw the Devil” and is known for a kinetic style and for leap-frogging from genre to genre with each movie. (This is actually his second Western: His first, “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” came out last year.) The director described “The Last Stand” to Slashfilm back in February:

“[I]t’s kind of a combination of ‘Die Hard’ and ‘High Noon’ where [the latter] was about protecting something very important that needs to be protected, while ‘Die Hard’ is a very drawn-out, long process that almost kills someone in the process, so my  film will be something that has to be very well protected and in the  process, we almost die protecting it in a way. So if ‘I Saw the Devil’ was about a person’s extreme remorse about  having lost something that they couldn’t protect, ‘The Last Stand’ would be where someone puts their lives on the line to protect something that’s very important and it will be a bit more optimistic film in that regard.”

A Lionsgate insider boiled it down a little more succinctly to Finke, calling it “an old-fashioned Western specifically designed for a 63-year-old  broken-down guy with a moral decision whether Arnold decides to stand up  for his town.”

If “The Last Stand” indeed is the horse Arnold’s backing for his Hollywood comeback, it makes some sense. From everything we know about “The Last Stand,” it’s a movie where Schwarzenegger plays a down-on-his-luck guy who finds his shot at redemption. Sort of like Sylvester Stallone with “Cop Land” or even Mel Gibson with “The Beaver.” In other words, a redemption tale, which is one of the easiest way for aging or disgraced stars to ask the audience, “So … we’re cool, right?” Just one word of warning for Arnold, though: “Cop Land” and “The Beaver” both bombed.

Arnold Books ‘Last Stand’: Western To Test Schwarzenegger’s Post-Scandal Popularity [Deadline]
Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Modern-Day Western ‘The Last Stand’ [The Hollywood Reporter]


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Arnold Schwarzenegger


By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Juliet Williams, Associated Press 2 hrs 35 mins ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political legacy in California already was tenuous.

He left the governor’s office after seven years without making good on his central campaign promise to fix the state’s budgeting system, then commuted the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally in one of his final official acts, drawing the condemnation of prosecutors and the family of a slain college student.

Now he’s revealed to be the father of an out-of-wedlock child, a secret he kept during two gubernatorial terms.

No matter his accomplishments in office, Schwarzenegger may be best remembered as yet another philandering politician who got caught.

The former governor said in a statement early Tuesday that he had fathered the child of a longtime household staff member more than a decade ago, and that the woman continued to work in the family’s Brentwood home until January.

Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced earlier this month that they were separating and that Shriver had moved out, although they did not give a reason at the time beyond a reference to difficult transitions.

After leaving office in January, the former Republican governor had for a time been angling for a role as some kind of international political spokesman, perhaps on environmental issues. In April, he appeared at a Washington, D.C., forum on immigration hosted by President Barack Obama, but his grander plans for politics did not appear to be panning out, so Schwarzenegger lately has been trying to relaunch his career as a Hollywood action star.

“It’s over. There’s no political future,” said Patrick Dorinson, a Republican who worked on Schwarzenegger’s 2003 campaign and in his administration early on. “I’m just disgusted. It’s the only dang bipartisan thing these guys do — cheat on their wives. John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger — tell me the difference.”

The comparison to Edwards is natural. The former North Carolina senator frequently invoked his wife and children as he sought the 2008 Democratic nomination for president. He later acknowledged fathering a child with a campaign videographer at the same time his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, was battling breast cancer. She died last year.

Yet Schwarzenegger’s legacy and reputation already were under fire after he cut Esteban Nunez’s prison sentence for manslaughter to seven years from 16. Nunez, the son of former Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, had pleaded guilty in 2008 in the stabbing death of a San Diego college student, 22-year-old Luis Santos. Prosecutors say Esteban Nunez also stabbed two other people after he and a group of friends went looking for revenge after getting kicked out of a fraternity party.

San Diego County prosecutors last week asked a state court to overturn Schwarzenegger’s last-minute decision because he failed to seek input from the victim’s family before he made the commutation. State law requires such notification.

Schwarzenegger’s story now resembles that of so many other politicians beset by hubris and poor judgment. The indiscretion, which Schwarzenegger referred to as an “event” that occurred more than a decade ago, will be what sticks in the minds of many people, adding to the former “Terminator” star’s image as a Hollywood playboy.

“Long after Californians have forgotten the details of his fiscal policies, they’ll remember that he had a child out of wedlock. And more importantly, they’ll remember the cover-up,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “It doesn’t necessarily contradict his policies, but it certainly taints his reputation.”

Others said the news has a greater impact on Schwarzenegger’s family and his friends than it does on California voters.

“I think at the end of the day, it didn’t happen during his governorship, it happened before his governorship,” said former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte, who is now a Republican adviser. “Citizens in California already have a fixed impression of Gov. Schwarzenegger, good or bad, and I would be surprised if this changes that.”

It was a surprise that Schwarzenegger had kept an out-of-wedlock child a secret for more than 10 years while the mother continued to work in the Schwarzenegger-Shriver home, but the revelation itself was not a shocker.

Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Universe who had often bragged about his sexual conquests before he met Shriver, had come under fire just days before the 2003 recall election after the Los Angeles Times reported allegations from 16 women that Schwarzenegger had groped and verbally harassed them during encounters dating to the early 1970s and as recently as 2000. Schwarzenegger apologized for his bad behavior but never fully addressed the claims.

“Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right which I thought then was playful, but now I recognize that I have offended people,” he said then. “And those people that I have offended, I want to say to them, `I am deeply sorry about that and I apologize, because this is not what I’m trying to do.’ When I’m governor, I want to prove to the women that I will be a champion for the women.”

Ironically, Shriver was key to helping her husband beat back the allegations and win the 2003 recall election, lending him credibility when she appeared onstage to say that the accusers didn’t know her husband.

“I’m personally very torn about this issue,” said Eric Bauman, a vice chairman of the California Democratic Party. “I have great sympathy for his wife and children to learn about this, but as a concerned Californian, as one who strongly opposed his election during the recall campaign, I remember how his team treated the women who came forward that made complaints about untoward behavior and they were not very nice about it. They were very aggressive in batting down those women and their stories, and lo and behold, now we have this.”

Schwarzenegger did appoint women to high-profile posts during his seven years in office, and aides said he would drop everything when Shriver or their four children called. He ended his overnight stays in a hotel suite across from the Capitol to fly home every night, saying he wanted to be closer to his children.

But he also cultivated a masculine atmosphere in his Capitol office, setting up a smoking tent in the outdoor courtyard where he negotiated deals over cigars. His closest staffers donned his signature cowboy boots and oversized watches.

During his 2006 re-election campaign, a six-minute audio recording surfaced of remarks Schwarzenegger made about a female lawmaker in a closed-door speechwriting session.

“I mean Cuban, Puerto Rican, they are all very hot,” the governor said. “They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it.”

The lawmaker, Republican Bonnie Garcia, had a good relationship with the governor and defended him.

Another former female lawmaker was less forgiving of Schwarzenegger’s style.

Former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat, said in a 2009 interview in LA Magazine that she didn’t always feel like she fit in. As a legislative leader, Bass was among the small circle of lawmakers who would negotiate budgets with the governor.

“The governor is much more comfortable negotiating with men and likes to do the guy thing — the challenging and baiting, how guys will kind of come after each other. That doesn’t work well with me, nor does it apply to me,” said Bass, now a member of Congress.

Schwarzenegger has announced plans to star as a horse trainer in a planned drama called “Cry Macho” and has talked about resurrecting his signature “Terminator” character. He and comic-book legend Stan Lee recently announced he would voice the lead character in an animated TV series called “The Governator,” in which he would play himself.


LOS ANGELES – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger told the Times in a statement that also was sent to The Associated Press early Tuesday. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

“I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time,” the statement concluded. “While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.”

Schwarzenegger’s representatives did not comment further. A spokesman for the former first lady told the Times she had no comment.

The Times did not publish the former staffer’s name nor that of her child but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January.

In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her husband at the time — was the child’s father. When the Times later informed the woman of the governor’s statement, she declined to comment further.

The child was born before Schwarzenegger began his seven-year stint in public office.

Shriver stood by her husband during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign after the Los Angeles Times reported accusations that he had a history of groping women. Schwarzenegger later said he “behaved badly sometimes.”

In his first public comments since the couple announced their breakup, Schwarzenegger said last week that he and Shriver “both love each other very much.”

“We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we’re taking one day at a time,” he said at a Los Angeles event marking Israeli independence. Their children range in age from 13 to 21.

Since his term as California governor ended in early January, Schwarzenegger, 63, has hopscotched around the world, his wife nowhere in sight. While the “Terminator” star appeared confident about the future since exiting politics, cutting movie deals and fashioning himself as a global spokesman for green energy, Shriver, known for her confidence, seemed unsettled.

Shriver, 55, maintained her own identity when her husband entered politics, though she gave up her job at NBC. Their union was often tested in Sacramento, where the former action star contended with a rough seven years of legislative gridlock, a budget crisis and lingering questions about his fidelity.

Arnold To Play The Terminator Once Again


Sylvester Stallone spent nearly a decade making straight-to-DVD dreck like “Shade” and “D-Tox” before finally acquiescing to his fans and playing, once again, his two most iconic characters, Rocky and Rambo. Arnold Schwarzenegger spent nearly a decade trying to fix the decrepit state of California, which might have even been worse than “Avenging Angelo.” Now that he is returning to acting, it looks like he’s gonna go the Stallone route.

Deadline reported last night that the long-awaited comeback project for Schwarzenegger will be … “The Terminator,” again. Arnold’s agents are out shopping a package that involve Ah-nold teaming with “Fast Five” director Justin Lin to bring the T-800 back to the big screen. They don’t have a script, they don’t have a target date and they don’t even have a firm grasp on who owns the Terminator franchise … but they have Arnold willing to play the part again. That’s enough.

Schwarzenegger had been eyeing several comeback roles after his years as governor, including, intriguingly, “Last Stand” for director Kim Ji-Woon. But considering how long it has been since he was a top-of-the-line movie star, and how much the industry has changed since then, he appears to have decided to return with a safer bet.

The legitimate question arises: Uh, isn’t Schwarzenegger, who will be 64 this summer, a little old to be playing the Terminator? Stallone is a year older, but Rocky and Rambo are live human beings who age; the Terminator is a robot who, presumably, wouldn’t be modeled after an elderly person. As IFC’s Matt Singer points out, Schwarzenegger looked a little old to be playing the Terminator when he last did eight yars ago; how can he possibly be a bionic kililng machine today? 

If he wanted to go the Jeff Bridges in “Tron” route, well, that seems like a lot of work just to make a lead actor look younger than he really is, and besides … in 2009’s “Terminator: Salvation,” they sorta tried this. Remember, Arnold’s face and body (or at least his 1985 body) showed up in that too.

It might be difficult to put up with a whole movie of that sort of uncanny valley CGI, and it’s strange to think that the major special effect in an action movie would be to nip and tuck the lead actor’s body … but even that film, a reboot of the whole franchise, recognized that the only true Terminator was Arnold. He seems to realize that now as well.

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