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Every Unmade Horror Movie Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Appeared In

Arnold Schwarzenegger is best known for starring in sci-fi and action movies, mostly those in the Terminator franchise, but he could have also left his mark in the horror genre in some big projects, which ultimately went on a different route – here’s what happened. Arnold Schwarzenegger rose to fame through his career as a bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, and he successfully transitioned to a career in acting in the 1970s, with his first acting role being that of Hercules in the fantasy comedy Hercules in New York, but his big break came in 1982 when he starred in Conan the Barbarian.

Schwarzenegger became a big star when he starred in James Cameron’s The Terminator in 1984, where he played the title character, also known as T-800. Schwarzenegger went on to appear in other projects directed by Cameron, such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and True Lies, and has appeared in a variety of movies – from comedies like Twins and Junior to superhero movies like Batman & Robin – but he will always be remembered as an action and sci-fi hero. As happens with most actors, there are many movies that could have had Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of their cast but for some reason or another that wasn’t possible, and among those are some horror movies that didn’t have the best of luck.

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Some of those roles were written with Schwarzenegger in mind, and in other cases, he was already set to star, but ultimately, those projects went on a different route, making fans wonder what these movies would have been like with the famous actor on the lead. Here’s every unmade horror movie Arnold Schwarzenegger almost appeared in.

Ridley Scott’s I Am Legend

Robert Neville with his dog walking down a deolate road in I Am Legend.

Back in the 1990s, a new adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend was in development with a script by Mark Protosevich, which quickly drew a lot of attention. Ridley Scott was brought in to direct the project and big names like Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas began to circle it, but the studio’s preference was for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was eventually cast as the lead character. I Am Legend went through some changes as Scott wasn’t satisfied with Protosevich’s script, but what ultimately killed the project were monetary reasons. First, the projected budget was too high, and even though Scott made changes to the story so the costs would lower a bit, a combination of factors drove the studio to cancel the movie: the underperformance of Scott’s latest movies (1492: Conquest of Paradise, White Squall, and G.I. Jane), and Schwarzenegger’s recent failures (Eraser and Batman & Robin). In 2002, Schwarzenegger became the producer of the movie, which at the time had Michael Bay and Will Smith in consideration to direct and star, respectively, but he ended up leaving the project entirely, while the movie ultimately happened in 2007 with Francis Lawrence as director and Smith as the main character.

Judge Dredd

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd wearing iconic helmet menacing expression

Before the 2012 version with Karl Urban as the title character and even before the 1995 movie starring Sylvester Stallone, a Judge Dredd movie written by Peter Briggs (Hellboy) was in development, and it leaned more into the horror realm rather than sci-fi. What killed the project were the producers wanting different things for the movie, and according to Briggs (via Bloody Disgusting), Edward Pressman wanted Schwarzenegger as the main character and the movie to be directed by Tony Scott, while the rest wanted something else, such as the title character taking his helmet off, something Briggs wasn’t on board with and one of the many things that fans criticized from the 1995 version with Stallone. Ultimately, Briggs’ Judge Dredd didn’t happen, and fans instead got the version directed by Danny Cannon and starring Rambo himself.

Stuart Gordon’s Berserker

Following the success of Stuart Gordon’s comedy-horror Re-Animator, loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s serial novelette Herbert West-Reanimator, Schwarzenegger approached the director with the intention of making a horror movie with him (via The Master Cylinder). Gordon and Dennis Paoli then came up with the idea of an athlete who takes steroids and soon learns what the side effects are, leaving him with two options: stop taking them and die, or continue and become a berserker, so he chooses to become this “monstrosity, completely out of control”. Unfortunately, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s manager let them know that the actor didn’t want to play a monster, only heroes, and while Gordon tried to explain to them that the character was a hero after all, and even though it was a big opportunity for him to show a new side of his acting abilities, he passed on the project.

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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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