There’s been no shortage of ’80s/’90s action remakes (The A-Team), sequels (Rambo) and spoofs (MacGruber) – not to mention mash-ups (The Expendables) – and the testosterone-fueled trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
Especially if actor, and former husband of Rosanne Barr, has a say in the matter. Not only would the actor like to step back into his True Lies role, as counter-terrorism operative Albert Gibson, he’s banking on the notion that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played his partner Harry Tasker, is interested in re-entering active acting duty for True Lies 2.
Arnold has managed to keep up a brisk string of jobs since his mid-90s heyday – with a number of supporting roles, TV guest appearances, and four years worth of hosting duties on Fox Sports Net’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
However, with Schwarzenegger busting out of Governator duties, it seems Tom Arnold is ready to step back into the big screen action spotlight. The comedian/actor spoke with MovieWeb about his interest in True Lies 2 - asserting that it could be Schwarzenegger’s next project:
“I have read a great True Lies 2 script, and I hope we are able to do it. Knock on wood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is excited. I am excited… We have both read the script. There is a script that James Cameron and a guy named Jeff Eastin, who created the TV show White Collar, wrote. It is really great. Jim can’t direct it. But he can produce it. We hope it gets done. We have a few fun things we want to do. I am supposed to remain cool about this. For me, it would be a lot of fun to work with the guys again.”
Arnold mentions that Jim, aka James Cameron, can’t direct the sequel project – presumably busy with much larger endeavors such as Avatar 2. What he fails to mention is that not only did Cameron produce and direct the original, he also wrote the screenplay. Lofty shoes to fill for sure – and while Arnold doesn’t offer any suggestions regarding who could direct the project – he asserts, “There have always been people who were interested in doing it.” The news of a True Lies sequel also calls into questions pervasive rumors that Cameron was interested in producing a True Lies TV series.
Given Tom Arnold’s history of stoking True Lies 2 talk, especially without any specifics, it’s hard to simply take his word that Schwarzenegger, who is generating tons of buzz weighing choices for his first post-Governor project, is as excited about the project as Tom Arnold is – not to mention whether or not there really is a horde of directors frothing at the mouth for True Lies 2. That said, even Tom Arnold realizes one important point, the ball is in Schwarzenegger’s court. If he wants to do it, it’ll happen. If not, it won’t.
“All I can say right now is, I know that Arnold and I will work together. A lot of people are sending him scripts now. He is carefully going through them, deciding what he wants to do. He wants to have some fun. He wants to do something that is worth his time, but fun. Hopefully, we can get this thing figured out. And we can get something on track. I am just waiting. I am following his lead.”
Arnold doesn’t mention any details about the sequel – such as whether or not former horror icon turned family-friendly film actress, and Activia spokesperson, Jamie Lee Curtis would return as well. Undoubtedly, Curtis was a bigger factor in the success of the original film than Arnold. The surprising comedic chemistry between Curtis and Schwarzenegger, coupled with Cameron’s directing, is what really set True Lies apart from the typical action fare of the time.
If you want to see True Lies 2 make sure to write your local elected official… and demand the Governator return Tom Arnold’s phone calls.