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Nowa­days it’s the Avengers, Spi­der-Man and other denizens of the Marvel uni­verse with its cartoon vi­o­lence.

Of course in a dif­fer­ent life Sch­warzeneg­ger was part of that uni­verse. He was fa­mously part of Bat­man & Robin – “the one that I did, the one that tanked” as Ge­orge Clooney is wont to de­scribe it – as the icy vil­lain Mr Freeze.

It was a les­son that some­times even the most cast-iron of projects can rust and rot.

Clooney was lucky to bounce back; Sch­warzeneg­ger never quite re­cov­ered.

He was saved by pol­i­tics. And by the time he left of­fice in 2011 Sylvester Stal­lone and The Ex­pend­ables had given once furred-up and re­dun­dant ac­tion stars a new lease of life. Per­haps even a last hur­rah.

Has Stal­lone cre­ated an al­ter­na­tive to the su­per­hero in­va­sion? Will The Ex­pend­ables and Home­front (which was writ­ten by Sly but starred pro­tégé Ja­son Statham) herald a full-scale re­vival of the tra­di­tional ac­tion flick?

Sch­warzeneg­ger smiles. Sud­denly the Ter­mi­na­tor is back.

“I know you guys like to write sto­ries to fill the page but I don’t think of it that way – that the ac­tion genre is com­ing back.

“Ac­tion movies that are multi-lay­ered and have re­ally in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters will al­ways be pop­u­lar.

“The key thing is to en­ter­tain. People are fas­ci­nated about this world that we’re deal­ing with in this movie.

“What Sab­o­tage has to of­fer is re­al­ism. We had a di­rec­tor who was ba­si­cally a fa­natic about that. I think it all paid off.”

Sab­o­tage (18) is on na­tion­wide re­lease.

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