ACTION-PACKED ACTION CAREER
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.