With his governing days now behind him, many are wondering what lies ahead for Arnold Schwarzenegger, specifically in his relationship to the movie industry. Fans of the actor will be pleased to know that he currently plans on making a comeback and he’s already looking at some potential scripts. One script in particular, thought to be With Wings As Eagles by screenwriter Randall Wallace, has caught Arnold’s eye. Of the script, he says: “In it I would play an older [WWII German] soldier, who gets the order at the ending of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn’t do it and get them to safety at the risk of his life and it has all kind of adventure.” Schwarzenegger has been attached to this particular project dating back to his days before being elected Governor of California.
Fortunately, Arnold has no delusions of returning to the same types of roles he inhabited in the ’80s and ’90s, full of action and stunts. He says, “Extreme fighting or shooting is not possible anymore. I want to be more encouraged as an actor and I believe that I can manage this challenge.” He wants to follow the Clint Eastwood career model and adapt roles to his age. That’s probably the best strategy Schwarzenegger could employ at this point and I’d be interested to see how that works out. There are certainly a lot of people who will welcome his return to the big screen purely out of nostalgia, but will audiences embrace a more “actorly” Schwarzenegger? And isn’t it odd that his return film after holding office could see him playing a Nazi, albeit a “good Nazi”?