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“ Despite having retired from movie-making to go play with much bigger toys, Arnie just can't stay away. ”

Cameo in movies

He said he'd be back!

Thu 16 Dec 2004 | 20h48 GMT+1
Info: TF News

Looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't lying when he rolled out his famous catchphrase, "I'll be back" in The Terminator. And again in The Running Man. And Total Recall. And Terminator 2. And Last Action Hero. And numerous times on the campaign trail. And last Wednesday when he went down the shops to pick up some milk. And... well, you get the idea.

For, despite having retired from movie-making to go play with much bigger toys as the Governor of California in 2002, Arnie just can't stay away - and now he's set to star alongside old friend, and True Lies co-star, Tom Arnold in a new film called The Kid & I.

Arnie will merely cameo in the flick, which is about a 17 year-old boy with cerebral palsy whose uncle (Joe Mantegna) promises him that he can become an action star by his 18th birthday. Arnold - Tom that is, not, umm, Arnold - will play an out-of-work actor helping the boy to achieve his goal. Shannon Elizabeth also stars, while there may be cameos from Ghosts Of Arnie's Career Past, Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Hamilton.

Arnie revealed the news when he appeared on the Fox sports show co-hosted by Arnold, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, a show which Empire has seen and considered prosecuting under the Trade Description Act. Regardless, its success has put Arnold back on the map after a series of career choices, post-True Lies, which were even more barmy than marrying Roseanne Barr.

Still, now he's in a position to co-write and produce this comedy, which will be directed by Penelope Spheeris, and lure his old friend out of his self-imposed retirement for a couple of days. Which can only be a good thing.

Or is it? Of course, Arnie's involvement may be an indication that he's keeping his options open should the political thing ever go tits up, and of course it means that Around The World In 80 Days will now not go down in history as the last ever film on the Schwarzenegger CV. Unfortunately, he seems to be intent upon replacing it with a film that, if we may be frank, has the potential to suck even more badly.

So we say this to the big man: Arnie, if you're reading this (and if you are, how's it going? Have you registered on our forums yet?), take your time. Choose your projects carefully. You don't need to come back until you're ready, or unless Jim Cameron calls you (T?). After all, we're pretty sure "I'll be back" isn't legally binding ;).

Thanks to Terminator fan t6-7 for the initial heads-up!

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