‘Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good actor.’ Utter that sentence in the company of film buffs and expect to be shot down in flames. Type that sentence into Google and expect to find just a handful of pertinent responses – most of them angry bloggers berating others for thinking Arnie is a good actor.
Yet we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t missed The Governator. Effectively retiring from Hollywood with 2002’s Collateral Damage
, Arnie was (perhaps wisely) absent from cinema screens following his 2003 election as the 38th governor of California. During his two terms and eight years in office he did a couple of voiceover jobs, a CGI cameo in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
, and an unaccredited turnout in Sly Stallone’s ’80s action hero ensemble flick The Expendables
(2010). But after reprising his role – this time credited – in last year’s Expendables
sequel, Arnie is most definitely back (sorry) this week, taking his first post-politics lead role as Sheriff Ray Owens in The Last Stand
, a by-numbers action showdown set on the Tex-Mex border.
It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Arnie from now on: the 65-year-old has at least four more projects currently in post-production, as well as confirming his participation in a fifth Terminator movie and a sequel to laugh-fest Twins (inventively titled Triplets). So to celebrate Arnie’s triumphant return, we size up the greatest moments of (arguably) the world’s worst actor. The Last Stand is in cinemas from January 17.View The Terminator (1984)