Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, again. The former Governor of California and action hero from the 80s and 90s has had some setbacks, but Schwarzenegger’s star is once again on the rise. Both personally and professionally, the Governator is getting his life back on track after some rocky issues with his wife Maria Shriver and his former mistress. From his tell-all book to his return to the big screen, Schwarzenegger has gone back to his entertainment roots. He might also be going back to his wife.
Although his most recent movie wasn’t a runaway success, Schwarzenegger appearing in his first starring role since stepping away from movies in favor of a career in politics was a step in the right direction to revamping his career. “The Last Stand” starring Schwarzenegger opened earlier this year. Although it didn’t pull in amazing numbers, it did show the 65-year-old actor could still carry a film. Several more films starring everyone’s favorite bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor are on their way.
Schwarzenegger might not only be reclaiming his movie fan base, but his wife seems to be a fan again too. Shriver and Schwarzenegger split two years ago when the truth about his long-time affair with their housekeeper and the child he fathered with her came out. Shriver reportedly confronted him in January 2011, yet the two still haven’t filed for divorce. On May 22, 2013, husband and wife attended their daughter’s graduation ceremony, and appeared pretty touchy feely. The couple has been married since 1986 and have four kids. The family-friendly action star might yet win back his first family.
A reunion could be good for his career. Lionsgate is putting out an action flick starring Schwarzenegger and his “Expendables” buddy Sylvester Stallone called “The Tomb” in September. The two actors portray prisoners attempting a grand escape.
Schwarzenegger is also signed on to appear in “Ten” in January 2014. Audiences will be treated to Schwarzenegger appearing as a commander of a Drug Enforcement Agency squad that makes the questionable decision to rob a drug cartel. “Ten” will also star Terrence Howard and Sam Worthington.
Perhaps the most exciting thing in the works for the Terminator is another Terminator movie. Megan and David Ellison are restarting the franchise with “Terminator 5.” It shouldn’t be too surprising they want Schwarzenegger, considering how the popularity of the films without him paled in comparison to the ones with the original Terminator. Plus, he did say he’d be back.
Fans of Schwarzenegger’s softer side will be excited to hear a sequel to the 1988 hit “Twins” is in the works. Universal is signed on to launch “Triplets” with Schwarzenegger. The film studio is also attached to “The Legend of Conan,” a follow-up to the 1984 “Conan the Barbarian” that’s set for release in 2014. This new film won’t consider events that happened in “Conan the Destroyer” or the “Conan the Barbarian” reboot in 2011.
Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” might not have done amazingly well in the United States, but it’s success overseas hints at a possible future in films internationally. “The Last Stand” January premiere in Germany eclipsed Denzel Washington’s “Flight.” His success in “The Expendables” movies despite only being given small parts indicates where his career may be headed. “The Expendables” cast proudly proclaimed themselves aging heroes, something audiences saw again in “The Last Stand.” But if Schwarzenegger is committed to reinventing himself as an actor, it does seem odd he’s appearing in another “Conan,” “Terminator,” and “Twins” movie. What audiences should expect from Schwarzenegger is currently a mystery.
With commitments to fixing issues in personal life, rebooting his popular franchises, and starring in all-new ventures, Schwarzenegger has many pots on the fire, but he might be also cooking up something to save California outside of a movie. On April 8, 2013, the “Los Angeles Time”” published an op-ed by the former governor in which he pleaded for people to listen to a recent draft climate report from the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee. He wrote about current issues like rising sea levels and heat-related deaths. Preventing environmental catastrophe in California was one of the Governator’s platforms. He appears to be continuing his work in that area despite his exit from politics.
Schwarzenegger certainly has plenty on his plate. Whether grabbing his wife’s butt in public, appearing in sequels to films from decades past, and trying to capture new fans with a little help from Hollywood friends is going to bear fruit that’s sweet or bitter remains to be seen, but what the public can count on for sure is Schwarzenegger is far from terminated.