Actors’ Spotlight #53: Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, and former professional bodybuilder and politician. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all time as well as bodybuilding’s biggest icon. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. His breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, which was a box-office hit and resulted in a sequel.

In 1984, Schwarzenegger appeared in James Cameron’s science-fiction thriller film The Terminator, which was a massive critical and box-office success. Schwarzenegger subsequently reprised the Terminator character in the franchise’s later installments in 1991, 2003, and 2015. He appeared in a number of successful films, such as Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and True Lies (1994). In 2015, it was announced Schwarzenegger would replace Donald Trump as the host of The Celebrity Apprentice. He was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” during his acting career, and “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “The Terminator”) during his political career.

As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, to serve the remainder of Davis’s term. Schwarzenegger was then re-elected on November 7, 2006, in the 2006 California gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2007. In 2011, Schwarzenegger completed his second term as governor.

Who doesn’t love Arnie? When you think of one of the definitive action stars of all time, Arnold Schwarzengger is very high up on the list, if not at the top. But even somebody as badass as Schwarzenegger has had his fair share of bad movies and these are 5 of his worst:

5. Collateral Damage

The most generic and boring Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie ever made and it’s about as formulaic and predictable as you can get.

4. Terminator Genisys

That alone should set up why this is such a terrible movie but no, no, no, the people behind Terminator: Genisys knew they could make their film much worse than that. Now, the main problem with Terminator Salvation had with a lot of people was that the marketing gave away too much of the movie so how does Paramount rectify that here? They do the exact same goddamn thing here.

This movie is so god-awful, they try to talk down to Terminator fans by saying “hey, we’re gonna keep saying that everything’s changed to make you think we’ve actually done something great here.” No, that’s not how it works at all.

This movie wastes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke on a shitty Terminator movie that makes Salvation look like Terminator 2 by comparison. The movie is just a terrible movie, Paramount took the Terminator franchise and did NOTHING with it, it’s a godawful mess of a movie.

3. End Of Days

You’d think a movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger goes up against the devil would be awesome…End Of Days is not awesome, it’s pretty boring and lackluster to be perfectly honest.

2. Junior

Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering a baby….oh no, he’s not a doctor, he is literally giving birth to a child…should’ve been funny but instead, it’s horrifying on all cylinders.

and the #1 worst Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is…

Batman & Robin

Batman & Robin is without a doubt the worst Batman movie because there is just way too much stuff going on, the casting is preposterous, the puns are pointless, the action scenes aren’t shot well, it’s just a really bad Batman movie and while it ain’t the worst movie ever made, it still ain’t a good movie by any means. So, yeah, even though I just said that Batman & Robin is not one of the worst movies ever made, I still didn’t like it.

Those are the worst, now let’s look at the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies:

5. Last Action Hero

One of the biggest financial failures of its’ time but when you go back and watch it again, it’s actually a lot funnier, a lot more clever, and a lot more over the top fun than most people would give it credit for. It’s essentially a satire of movies of the timeperiod with Schwarzenegger even making fun of himself.

4. The Terminator

The movie that launched him into super stardom as well as launched James Cameron as a great director, heavily quotable, filled with a ton of great action, one of the definitive action movies ever made.

3. The Last Stand

The Last Stand is a solid over the top action flick with a lot of flaws going against it but at the same time, the movie is all about not taking itself seriously, it’s about having fun at the movies and you will definitely have a good time watching this. This is just what I needed after a rough couple of weeks and you really need to go check this out if you want a solid fun good time at the movies.

2. True Lies

Not only was this a return to form for Arnold Schwarzenegger after Last Action Hero was a financial failure….but a fun over the top action movie on its’ own…and it’s James Cameron doing what he does best.

and the #1 best Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is…

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

When it comes to Terminator, the two best movies are easily the first one and this movie. Judgment Day is a movie that was ahead of its’ time and still hold up to this very day, the action is great, the acting is great, the story is great, the music is great, the visuals are great, it’s just such an amazing, amazing movie, it is no doubt one of the greatest sequels of all time, if not the greatest.

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