Arnie considering change of style with Captive?
It sounds a little strange to me, but perhaps it's an acknowledgement of time gone by, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a film called Captive which currently has a plot which suggests he's not the all action hero that he used to be.
Perhaps he is acknowledging that we can no longer see him as the Commando style lead, realising that he can't be the huge, muscled, do-all action hero that he once was.
Since returning we've heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger has already signed up for The Expendables 2 with a more expanded role than the first film, and that he's set to star in Jee-Woon Kim's Last Stand, so he's hitting two action films but are they seeing him as the old action star again?
It looks like the news about Captive would suggest that, for this film at least, he's not returning to full on action. Why am I saying that? Well Deadline report the plot for the film:
"Schwarzenegger is in early talks to play an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom. As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him."
Now I could be wrong but that film places him as the victim and it doesn't sound as though he's going to be fighting out of there himself saving the day as he would have done.
Could this be him taking a slightly less action route than his previous career? Well there's no denying he's older and not the Arnie we remember physically, but it wouldn't be something new, it's just not the character he's most loved for.
If we look back there are times in his pre-political era where he has played a less than complete action hero, where he has relied on others, hasn't taken it all on by himself, and altogether more human character. You could go to extremes such as Twins or look to films such as Collateral Damage, but it's not what the audience really love is it?
So what's in store for his post political career? Captive suggests it's one of these more human heroes, and The Expendables 2 will definitely have him working with others rather than taking it on all alone, what of Last Stand? That too has a story of a Sheriff and his team stopping a drug cartel leader so again there's the chance that he's going to be supported. Of course, it could turn out like the old and classic Predator where his team are picked off one by one and the final showdown is just him, and that would be the action hero we know and love.
If anything Last Stand sounds more like the old Arnie than the others, but will he be able to pull it off these days and do we want to see that still?