Toward the fiery conclusion of last year's "Terminator Salvation," as Christian Bale blasts his way through Skynet's home base, slaying scores of red-eyed cyborgs, he meets an unlikely enemy: a young Arnold Schwarzenegger as the familiar T-800.
Whatever gripes fans might have with McG's take on the venerable sci-fi franchise — and there are many — the sight of Arnie digitally reconstructed to resemble his '80s-era self was unambiguously cool. But the Governator didn't actually step on set for the scene. Instead, McG employed some cutting-edge, "Benjamin Button"-style visual effects — as well as the blessing of the actor-turned-politician — to re-create the Schwarzenegger of old.
Not until this weekend, when Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" hits theaters, will the most powerful man in California make his official return to Hollywood. And what a reintroduction it is, as we see Arnold stride into a church in truly epic fashion. In fact, after working with him on the new flick, Sly is hoping his '80s action pal sticks around Tinseltown after he leaves the governor's mansion early next year.
"If this works, I would love to get him in the next one," Stallone told MTV News of a possible sequel. "I really think so. He's been out of the limelight a long time, and I think this is the kind of film that would be a nice intro."
That might not be wishful thinking. Stallone witnessed firsthand how Schwarzenegger still gets pumped up about making movies — more than seven years since his last starring role.
"I saw his eyes light up. It's one thing to run a state, but it's another thing to get back to what you're really known for," Stallone said. "Certain actors you're never going to see come down the pike again, and he's one of them."
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