Arnold Schwarzenegger is the governor of California. Everybody knows that. Unlike Ronald Reagan, another actor-turned-politician who went from Cali governor to United States president, the former Mr. Universe's political career is limited due to his not being born in this country. Regardless of what "Demolition Man" suggested for our future, Ahnuld will never be president.
Well here's a bit of news that is so crazy, it ought to be straitjacketed. Seriously. If you told me that George Lucas had signed on to direct the last "Twilight" movie, I'd have an easier time believing it. It is that wacky. And it comes from Tom Arnold. Yeah... as the young protagonist of "Alice in Wonderland" might say, "curiouser and curiouser"...
This weekend, The New York Times ran a big profile on Arnold (Tom, that is). It's a great piece and well worth your time to read, but I'd like to direct your attention to the final paragraph. The one where Arnold mentions that... well... you know, just read it:
Still, the future project Mr. Arnold said he’s most excited about is a movie with a still-to-be-determined plot and script. “All I know is Jim Cameron’s making it and Arnold” — Mr. Schwarzenegger — “and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California,” he said. “It’s not going to be called ‘True Lies II,’ but it might as well be. I can live with that.”
Sooooo... right. If Arnold's comments are accurate, then James Cameron will be delivering a one-two punch with "Avatar" and this unnamed next project. It's worth noting that Cameron's last feature directing gig was "Titanic," in 1997. Now he's coming back swinging, with a groundbreaking 3-D blockbuster at the end of this year and an alleged triumphant return to acting for one Arnold Schwarzenegger to follow it up.
I understand all of these words, but together they make no sense to me. Maybe I woke up in Bizarro World this morning?
Do you think Arnold's comments are accurate? Dare you hope it? Would you want a "True Lies" sequel or is it enough that Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Cameron are re-teaming for something, anything? What exactly is the biggest news here -- that Cameron is getting back with his "True Lies" pals or that Schwarzenegger is apparently set to get back to acting ASAP? Where does this leave "Battle Angel"? Or could the Arnold/Ahnuld project BE "Battle Angel"?