"It’s an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the [Conan] franchise. This is really wild... They’re doing a Twins sequel, to be called Triplets. I’ve read the first draft. There’s rumblings of a new Running Man movie, so it’s a great honor to be asked back... It comes back to bodybuilding. I’m used to doing cardiovascular training every day. Therefore I’m still in good shape, and I can do the action and have the energy to do these movies. They feel comfortable to ask me back and know that I can pull it off and do the stunts."
Actually we hadn't heard any rumblings about another Running Man movie before this. For now I wouldn't get too excited over this one off hand remark but the idea isn't far fetched at all considering that "Triplets" is a real thing...
Digital Spy did a good in depth write up of the Q and A event although most die hard Arnold fans have heard these stories before. Still here are some of the best ones:
"2. He quickly learnt to ignore the naysayers
"They said, 'You're absolutely crazy. With that accent, you're never going to get into movies. People like to hear John Wayne talk. Look at your body, you're overdeveloped. Dustin Hoffman weighs 140 pounds. Woody Allen, that's a sex symbol now! Forget it, it'll never happen. And what's this Schwarzenschitzel name?'.
"I didn't listen. I put my five hours a day in acting classes and English classes, worked my butt off, and eventually Conan the Barbarian in 1980 [came along]."
4. His parents weren't exactly fond of his bodybuilding fascination
"...Then her (his mothers) major concern was when I started putting pictures of bodybuilders on my bedroom wall. She actually asked the doctor to come to our house and look at the walls, asking, 'Where did I go wrong? All Arnold's friends have pictures of girls on their wall, and here are naked men with oil all over their body'. The doctor explained that kids like idols, and she finally relaxed a little about the whole thing."
5. His rivalry with Sylvester Stallone was very real before they became best buds
"He was like a competitor that I had to go and destroy. We were competing on who had less body fat, who was killing more people on-screen, who was killing people in the most unique way, who had the biggest box office, who has better reviews. It was an all-out battle for a decade. People asked me, 'What do you think of Sly's movies?' I'd say, 'They're s**t!'.
"We've become very good friends since then, and even in the time I didn't like him, I admired him obviously. He's a great writer, director and actor. It's great to be friends with him now and hang out with his family and make movies with him."
8. He almost starred opposite John Travolta and Sean Connery
"They came to me with the movie The Rock, which in the end Nicolas Cage did with Sean Connery. When they came to me with the script, it was only 80 pages with lots of handwritten notes and they hadn't got it quite together yet. They left and rewrote it, but went with Nicolas Cage. He was on the rise at the beginning of his career, and he did a fantastic job. I admit that when I watched the movie I said, 'Damn, I wish I did this movie'."Face/Off was another one that Cage did with John Travolta. I couldn't figure out how they would do the switch - because of my body and accent - [so I thought] it would be impossible for the audience to buy into it. So I said, 'Let me think about it', and then those two guys did the movie and the movie was hugely successful. There were movies like that where it went to other people, but I was happy that they turned out well and the guys did a fantastic job. But I was pissed off that I didn't [take the roles myself]."
(*So is it too late to hope for a Face/Off remake starring Arnold and Stallone?*)
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