What’s the best way to set up an exciting cameo? Deny that such a cameo will exist. This is my theory explaining Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent claims that he will not be appearing in Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, currently wrapping up production in Vancouver. When asked about rumors of his participation, the former “Govonator” was dismissive:
“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.”
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For those who may not know, Schwarzenegger and Black are actually friends. The two met on the set of the original Predator (released in 1987) where Black played Hawkins who was, unfortunately, the aggressive alien’s first kill. Schwarzenegger, of course, played Dutch, the leader of the elite team of military operatives; it’s a role many fans of horror consider the strongman’s best.
My point is, even if Schwarzenegger wasn’t participating in The Predator, I doubt he would have been so blunt and clinical regarding a friend’s project. “I didn’t like it—whatever they offered.” Sure, Arnold; that sounds totally believable.
For his part, Black is playing along; he responded to Schwarzenegger’s statement on Twitter:
“I spoke with him; I think it was that he didn’t have enough to do. Enough presence in the film.”
You can almost hear the director winking.
Regular readers of Horror Freak News may remember that we have a source, one who owns a copy of the script given to the cast of The Predator. We have been assured that a part for Schwarzenegger still exists in the production copy. It could be wishful thinking, or a failure to omit in a final draft, but I doubt it. I can’t imagine Schwarzenegger, who is by all accounts a very nice guy, wouldn’t want to revisit a role that garnered such adoration—especially for a friend. Besides, the actor made a cameo in Terminator Genisys in 2015 (and has supposedly committed to an appearance in the Conan reboot) so the idea that he wouldn’t do The Predator unless he was a star also seems out of character.
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I could be wrong; we’ll know for certain when The Predator hunts US Theaters next February. The sizable ensemble cast includes Thomas Jane, Jake Busey, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Augusto Aguilera (and not Arnold Schwarzenegger *wink*wink*).