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Conan the barbarian (videorecording) 1982

Conan the barbarian (videorecording) 1982

Excerpt from the Guardian.com review  Is Schwarzenegger ready to make a Last Stand as Conan the Barbarian?: He's back as promised, but his latest role as a small-town sheriff has led some to question if Arnie can still cut it as Conan by Friday 18 January 2013

There may never be another Hollywood film star like Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 1980s and 90s the Austrian oak was such a totemic figure on the big screen that screenwriters stopped bothering to explain away his thick Styrian accent and preposterous bulk, aware that audiences accepted him instinctively. Perhaps the most obvious sign of the former California governor's slide down the stature scale comes in the denouement of his new action film The Last Stand, which is out today in UK cinemas. Faced with a sneering villain who has been behaving very badly indeed, Schwarzenegger's grizzled small-town sheriff tells his enemy: "You make us immigrants look bad." It raised a laugh at the screening I attended, but 80s writers wouldn't have needed to flag up Arnie's alienness.

While Schwarzenegger often played characters with Anglo-Saxon names such as Ben Richards, John Kimble and Julius Benedict, the role that made him famous took advantage of his teutonic tones. John Milius's 1982 fantasy epic Conan the Barbarian cast the former Mr Olympia as Robert E Howard's unstoppable Cimmerian warrior. Those of us who recall the iconic Schwarzenegger era were delighted earlier this week when he confirmed plans for a new Conan movie in which the actor will star as an older version of the character. Out goes Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa, who headed up the poorly received 2011 remake, and back comes the saga's original lead in a movie that will be built around him.

Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2013/jan/18/arnold-schwarzenegger-conan-barbarian

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