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Posted August 21, 2012 by Johnny Donaldson in News

It’s been nearly ten years since Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last leading role on screen. Since 2003, in fact, when he made Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Since then, he’s been busying himself with cameos in movies like The Rundown and The Expendables and, you know, being the Governator of California and all. Well, now that Arnie’s fulfilled his political ambitions and has stepped down from office, he’s returning to cineplex screens in a big way: an expanded role in Expendables 2,  a co-starring role opposite Sylvester Stallone in next year’s The Tomb,  and now in the modern Western The Last Stand – his first main man role in a decade – he plays the sheriff of a quiet town who is the last line of defense against a crazed drug cartel from Mexico barrels its way into the states in an armored vehicle.

While many geeks will be excited that Schwarzenegger is back, what excites me more is that the director behind this one is the Korean genius Kim Jee-Woon, the mind behind excellent films like the K-horror spooker A Tale of Two Sisters (badly remade as The Uninivited a couple years ago), the wild Western The Good, The Bad and The Weird and the grisly, operatic and outright brilliant serial killer tale I Saw the Devil. Lionsgate seems hip to this and has made Jee-Woon’s name as prominent as Schwarzenegger’s in the advertising. Hopefully Jee-Woon doesn’t get swallowed by the Hollywood machine like so many great foreign directors.

The Last Stand opens January 18th, 2013.

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Johnny Donaldson
Johnny Donaldson

Johnny Donaldson is an actor, writer, foodie, and raconteur who’s been immersed in the geek world since childhood, especially when The X-Files changed his life. (Fox Mulder is his Han Solo.) A published film critic (his college-era movie reviews can be found in the archives of and a film producer with two films under his belt, Johnny likes kitty cats, coffee, the color purple (not the movie, the literal color purple), dark microbrews and good horror/scifi/fantasy and superhero movies. And occasionally long walks on the beach, when it’s not too hot.