Eight years removed from his 1980’s body-transforming, Oscar-winning stint as elite boxer-turned-washed-up-fatguy, Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro was fancying something a bit different. Coming off his turn as history’s most famous gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables, he might have been thinking he’d peaked at playing gangsters. With his second wave of mobster success (Goodfellas, Casino) still years away, you can forgive him for wanting to do something a bit lighter. Something that wouldn’t tax him physically and mentally. Something about a bounty hunter…
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If you’re one of those neophyte, knuckle-dragging movie wanderers, ignorant to the true power of badass cinema, you might be forgiven for thinking that Last Action Hero is the only parody movie of Schwarzenegger’s movie career. But you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Instead, that honour lies with Arn’s third (and currently final) partnering with elite director James Cameron.
Let’s talk about their collaborative swansong. Lets talk about True Lies.
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The Golden Age of action movies is certainly over. Yet the likes of JCVD, Schwarzenegger and other gnarled action legends are still kicking ass and working away at movie projects (such as Pound of Flesh and Maggie). But, if the heydays of the 80’s are over, you can bet your bottom dollar that the $30 million pay cheques are a thing of the past too.
It is no surprise that such movie behemoths turn to commercials for a quick buck. Now Sly Stallone is treating us to his own big fat slice of glorious exploitative advertising.
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