The quite incredible career of Arnold Schwarzenegger looks set to be entering another chapter, with the announcement of yet another large scale acting project for the 64 year old. Once the biggest movie star in the English speaking world, the former Austrian body builder took 7 years out of his filmmaking career to run the world's eighth largest economy as the Governor of California. Now he is officially attached to three starring roles: The Tomb, Unknown Soldier and David Ayer's thriller Ten. What's even more interesting is that all three appear to be action based movies, which would indicate that, even as he enters his golden years, the “Austrain Oak” has no interest in settling down quietly.
It is never possible
to predict what may happen next with Schwarzenegger. When he first arrived on the shores of the US as a young, party loving body builder with an unpronounceable name nobody would have predicted Hollywood stardom. As he told Ask Arnold a few years back “It was very difficult for me in the beginning – I was told by agents and casting people that my body was 'too weird', that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long. You name it, and they told me I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned, I was told that I had no chance.”
At that point few people would have blamed Schwarzenegger for quitting. He had already established himself as one of the greatest body builders of all time and made millions through canny business investments. But the young man wanted movie stardom more than anything and, underlining the incredible levels of ambition which characterised everything he did, pushed his way to the top of the Hollywood tree and beyond, to one of the most coveted seats in US politics.
Many critics are eyeing his latest comeback sceptically. After an embarrassing end to his reign as Governor (with ugly revelations about his personal life, divorce from Maria Shriver and an appearance on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics list of 11 worst governors) some are suggesting his return to acting is a foxhole move for an embattled politician. Yet a look at Arnie's track record would suggest you should never count this man out or question the scope of his ambition.