This is definitely one of those “movie moments” that when you see in the movies you think, “Well, that’s convenient”, you know, as if it can’t possibly happen in real life? Well it actually does happen in real life, and here I am watching James Cameron’s 1994 spy action movie “True Lies” on one of the cable networks when what do you know, CHUD has this article about Tom Arnold (one of the stars of “True Lies”) talking about how he, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and James Cameron will be shooting “True Lies 2” within 14 months. Or something to that effect. Folks, you can’t make this stuff up.
“All I know is Jim Cameron’s making it and Arnold” — Mr. Schwarzenegger — “and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California,” he said. “It’s not going to be called ‘True Lies II,’ but it might as well be. I can live with that.”
In the original “True Lies”, Schwarzenegger played a top government spy who has been lying to his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) and delinquent daughter (a young Eliza Dushku) about his real job, until he’s exposed when terrorists come into the picture. That was 15 years ago, but I have to admit, the film still holds up today when I saw it recently. The action is still pretty spectacular, and you forget just how action-cool a guy like Schwarzenegger was back in the day. I always thought the film was James Cameron’s first-ever stab at comedy in the guise of a big-budget action movie. Some of the comedy elements play out well, others just sat there. But overall, I thought it was a pretty good slam-bang actioner.
In any case, according to Tom Arnold, who for some reason still has a movie career, he’s hooking back up with Cameron and the other Arnold in 14 months to shoot a movie. It might not be called “True Lies 2”, but it will apparently be in the same vein. Then again, this is Tom Arnold, so…
Update: AICN emailed James Cameron, and he replied with this:
Again, as always, thanks for checking the facts. I think Tom was joking. There are no plans for a True Lies 2. I don’t know about the creative direction thing… I’m always down for a good action/comedy ( actually we always classified the film as a “domestic epic”). But since September 11, I’ve never felt comfortable generating laughs with nuke-toting Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. True Lies, even though it has a cautionary thread underneath the pratfalls, is in a strange way a product of a more innocent time. But if we ever do another True Lies, I wouldn’t dream of doing it without Tom. He’s a good friend and a very funny guy.
Sigh. Must be nice having James Cameron’s email…
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