Former California governor and MIA movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has told an Austrian newspaper that he’s currently seeking a return to Hollywood. There are three scripts he’s considering, and one of them sounds distinctly familiar:
"One topic/script, which I considered a long time ago before governor, is delighting me particularly," says Schwarzenegger. "In it I would play an older soldier, who gets the order at the ending of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn’t do it and gets them to safety at the risk of his life and it has all kind of adventure. This script is based on a true story!"
There’s only one script that we know of which matches Schwarzenegger’s description: With Wings As Eagles, a World War II epic written by Randall Wallace, who put himself on the map with his screenplay for Braveheart. Schwarzenegger was rumored to be starring in the project years before his political career. In it he would play a Nazi soldier who turns on his own country after he’s ordered to execute 8,000 POWs. Instead he forms a cunning plan to save every single one.
We’ve read the excellent script years ago and it has the potential to be one hell of a comeback. But is Arnold really going back to his old ways? According to the rest of the interview it looks like he’s taking a page from another former action icon:
"In the future I have to adapt to roles my age," Schwarzenegger says. "Clint Eastwood also has done it in the same way. Extreme fighting or shooting is not possible anymore. I want to more encouraged as an actor and I believe that I can manage this challenge. I am like a sponge, which is absorbing all the knowledge and always willing to learn new things."
Sounds like he’s got a plan for his future. Let’s just hope that ‘sponge’ bit doesn’t mean he’s looking to suit up in squarepants.