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Arnold Schwarzenegger Isn’t The Worst Mr. Freeze (And Could’ve Been Great)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performance as Batman & Robin’s Mr. Freeze is one of the most misguided of his career, but he isn’t the worst version of the villain, and he could have been great in the role. Batman & Robin is notorious for being one of the worst comic book movies ever made. However, it’s unfortunate a villain as compelling as Mr. Freeze was then banished from Batman movies, especially since the character had been treated far worse in the past.

Batman & Robin follows George Clooney’s Dark Knight as he struggles to protect Gotham and trust his sidekick, Dick Grayson (Chris O’Donnell). Tension rises between the pair while they battle the combined forces of Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). No character emerged from Batman & Robin unscathed, but Schwarzenegger bore the brunt of the ridicule.

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However, with Matt Reeves considering a more grounded Mr. Freeze for a sequel to The Batman, it’s worth noting that Schwarzenegger’s isn’t the most ridiculous portrayal. The actor might not immediately spring to mind for the role of a scientist specializing in cryogenics, but he could have been fantastic had his talent been used effectively, like in the Terminator franchise. The overt comedy is a step too far, but Batman & Robin’s Mr. Freeze does boast a tragic backstory. The same can’t be said for the villain’s second appearance in the 1960s Batman TV show, where Otto Preminger reduced him to a sleazy criminal.

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Batman & Robin failed to understand what makes the actor powerful, sharing the same Schwarzenegger problem impacting the Terminator and Predator sequels. Schwarzenegger is iconic as the T-800, his innovative, stoic approach making him a terrifying and methodical killer. Terminator 2: Judgment Day turned him into a more talkative hero, but his robotic movements and deadpan line delivery were used to great emotional effect. Schwarzenegger’s T-800 gradually learning human feelings could easily have been applied to Mr. Freeze’s tragic villain. This would have echoed Michael Ansara’s coolly detached voice work in Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman & Robin version was lambasted for his onslaught of ice puns, but these aren’t entirely out of place. They were used sparingly in the animated show, but Joel Schumacher’s movie clearly harkens back to the incredibly tongue-in-cheek 1960s Batman. The difference is, in both cases, the comedy was played straight, unlike Schwarzenegger’s performance. Yet, to his credit, he isn’t as bad as acclaimed director Otto Preminger, one of three actors to play Mr. Freeze in the Adam West show.

Preminger’s costume was extremely low-budget, and his bizarre trademark was stroking his bushy orange eyebrows. Although Schwarzenegger’s puns quickly grew tiresome, they are at least logical, compared to Preminger describing his every action as simply “wild”. As the second Freeze actor, he bore no resemblance to the sophisticated and vengeful George Sanders in season 1 and was entirely devoid of sympathy. He kidnapped Miss Iceland from Gotham’s beauty pageant, in the absurd belief that, by lowering her body temperature, she would magically fall in love with him. The 1960s Batman originated several iconic villains, like Cesar Romero’s Joker and Julie Newmar’s Catwoman, but it struggled to adapt Freeze. Otto Preminger’s Mr. Freeze was seedy and pathetic, while Schwarzenegger benefits from not straying too far from Batman: The Animated Series’ 1992 episode “Heart of Ice”. The Emmy-winning story transformed Freeze from a one-joke villain into a captivating, tragic character. Batman & Robin borrowed this revised origin, with Freeze determined to save his terminally ill wife.

When compared to Preminger’s lecherous Mr. Freeze, Schwarzenegger doesn’t look nearly as wild. Batman & Robin is deserving of its icy reception, but Schwarzenegger is at least a physical match for the Dynamic Duo. Unfortunately, Schumacher neglected to reign in the former bodybuilder. Terminator 2’s comedy worked because the T-800 didn’t know he was funny, but Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze is a grinning comedian, undermining what could have been a gripping arc.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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