Action-hero-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (“The Terminator,” “True Lies”) attempted to make a big screen comeback over the weekend with his new film “The Last Stand.” Unfortunately, things did not go well for the Governator.
The Ji-woon Kim directed movie earned some surprisingly decent reviews from a number of top critics, but audiences were clearly not so impressed by the film’s trailers and failed to turn out for Schwarzenegger and company. With a disappointing $7.1 million in box office receipts, “The Last Stand” came in ninth place this weekend, coming in behind movies that have been out for weeks, like “Django Unchained” and “Les Misérables.”
And now (thanks to the video embedded below) you can imagine what Arnie’s anguished yell sounded like when he heard the news that “The Last Stand” failed to perform at the box office.
Sure, Schwarzenegger is probably better known for his distinctive Austrian accent, chuckle-worthy one-liners, and Mr. Universe physique, but in the annals of film history the action star will also go down as having a very distinctive (and oft-times hilarious) shout. The gargling, groaning yell has been a staple of Schwarzenegger’s career since his breakout role in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” In fact, it’s safe to say that in between his trademark stilted line delivery, Schwarzenegger’s guttural screams represented the bulk of his acting career prior to 1990. If you needed a muscled guy to shoot stuff while yelling, Schwarzenegger was your man.
In honour of the actor's unique movie vocalizations, the goofs/geniuses from Film Drunk assembled an almost hypnotic montage of Arnie’s on-screen screams. Now, thanks to “The Last Stand” being in theatres the ridiculous video has begun making the Internet rounds once again.
Don't worry, Arnold. You can take solace in the fact that "The Last Stand" will likely perform well overseas (particularly in director Kim's native Korea), and perhaps even earn back its $45 million budget. Just please, stop shouting!
Schwarzenegger will have another chance at box office success (this time opposite Sylvester Stallone) when the prison break actioner "The Tomb" is released in September.