Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to starring in movies as a tough guy in "The Last Stand."
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 14, 2013) (REUTERS) - Arnold Schwarzenegger headed back to the big screen in action movie "The Last Stand" and spoke about his return from politics at the film's Los Angeles premiere on Monday (January 14).
"In politics, you're a public servant, you serve the people with policy and all that," said Schwarzenegger. "When you do acting you entertain people. So you have the responsibility of when you go and do a movie, when you analyze the script, how do you do it so you can entertain people young and old, Americans, Germans, Italians, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Africans and everybody, so you have to think about that because your responsibility is to entertain the world, those are the similarities. The only difference is that here you get a lot of money and in politics you get none."
In the movie, he plays a less than rock hard small-town sheriff and retired LAPD officer, trying to prevent a fugitive drug-cartel boss from crossing through his town to get to the Mexican border. Audiences get to see an aging star who isn't afraid of making fun of being past his prime.
Despite the 65-year-old former bodybuilder's age, the film does not let up on the action and is chock-full of car chases, gunfights, police blockades, violent criminals, crashes and explosions.
"He plays this character who is sort of an old hero, but we will still get to see Arnold kicking some butt," said director Kim Jee-woon.
"The Last Stand," which also co-stars Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville, is the first English-language feature from South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon, whose previous movies include "A Tale of Two Sisters," "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" and "A Bittersweet Life," which is being remade at Fox.
"Kim Jee-Woon, the director we had on this, he's a genius," said Schwarzenegger. "He's really a terrific director that we knew from South Korea, we knew he was the king of action movies in Asia and also of other types of movies, but we wanted to get him over here and utilize that talent that he has. We're very happy with what he's done with this movie."
A year after leaving the California governor's office and becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger will star in no less than three Hollywood movies over the next 12 months, which includes "The Last Stand," The Tomb," and "Ten." He made a cameo appearance in the 2010 action film "The Expendables" and appeared in the sequel two years later.
"The Last Stand" hits U.S. theaters on January 18.