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“I’d Want To Be One of the Stars of a Film, or Nothing” – Shane Black on Arnie Turning Down The Predator

I think it’s fair to say that each time a new film involving the Predator starts to materialise, there’s always a little frenzy around whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will finally make his return to the franchise.

The Predator was no exception and it was reported that Black met with Arnie, who subsequently turned it down due to the small size of the roleSpeaking to DigitalSpy, Shane Black spoke about Arnold turning the role down, stating he even expected it.

Black noted that even when he was going to ask Arnie about appearing in The Predator, he expected him to say no as it’s what he’d do in his position.

“Understandably – and believe me, I completely get it – he said, ‘Look, that’s kind of a small part, and I don’t really think I want to do that. I’m off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameron’,” he explained.

“So I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, I’d want to be one of the stars of a film, or nothing.”

In the early draft of the script that leaked, Dutch would have appeared at the very end of the film to invite the survivors to join him in the conflict against the Predators. How that evolved over the drafts leading up to Black meeting Arnie is unknown but it sounds like it remained a relatively low-key role.

“The studio wanted a fresher movie that featured an evolving cast. They didn’t want to hinge the movie on the re-emergence of Schwarzenegger,” he recalled. “It would probably be more of a matter of his showing up briefly and just participating at the very end, at the climax of the movie.”

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Comments: 3
  1. broken glass
    I want to see this film succeed because it'll ignite interest for an additional instalment, however this film is been given a massive release 1200 more theatres then the pervious entry Predators across Canada and America including Imax as well as 3D internationally.

    When Alien Covenant was released I tried to persuade friends to watch the film in the theatres but they only asked one question, is Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley ? they didn't want to know anymore about it.

    Not including Schwarzenegger is a terrible terrible mistake, and should this film fail or break even his involvement could have saved the day.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    The Predator's Shane Black totally understood Arnold Schwarzenegger turning movie down

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    Last year, Arnie revealed that he turned down the chance to star in the sequel and hinted that it would have just been a cameo. Black confirmed to Digital Spy that it wouldn't have been a substantial role because of the direction of the movie.

    "The studio wanted a fresher movie that featured an evolving cast. They didn't want to hinge the movie on the re-emergence of Schwarzenegger," he recalled. "It would probably be more of a matter of his showing up briefly and just participating at the very end, at the climax of the movie."

    Black noted that even when he was going to ask Arnie about appearing in The Predator, he expected him to say no as it's what he'd do in his position.

    "Understandably – and believe me, I completely get it – he said, 'Look, that's kind of a small part, and I don't really think I want to do that. I'm off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameron'," he explained.

    "So I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, I'd want to be one of the stars of a film, or nothing."

    Black isn't ruling out Arnie reprising the role of Dutch if The Predator gets a sequel as he noted that they have left it "completely open". "I even said to him, 'If you're in this one, we would open it up for the sequel, because now you're back in the franchise'," he added.

    "So you know, if there's another movie, there's no reason why he couldn't be either in it, or the star of it, or whatever someone decides at a future date."
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