Former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to return to the big screen, but first he’s working on an animated children’s show called “The Governator,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
The iconic Hollywood strongman will voice the show which will also use his likeness, he announced at a television industry conference in Cannes, France.
"I always like to surprise people and do something that's unexpected," Schwarzenegger said. "It's a feel-good show; no one could attack it because maybe it's too violent. This . . . is comedy, this is action, this is a good message for kids."
The cartoon, in which his character will face “super-sze” enemies with the help of high tech spy gadgets is a collaboration with “Spider-Man” creator Stan Lee.
Schwarzenegger, now 63, put his multi-million dollar Hollywood career on hold in 2003 when he ran on the Republican ticket for governor of California in a recall election. Term limits prevented him from running for a third term last year.
The former bodybuilder told the Times that schoolchildren visiting the Capitol in Sacramento often quoted his catchphrases “I’ll be back” and “Hasta la vista, baby,” so he is convinced TV reruns have kept him relevant.
He said he hasn’t yet decided on his first leading movie role. Two in consideration are as a small-town lawman hunting a Mexican drug lord in “The Last Stand” or as a prison designer locked in his own dungeon in “The Tomb.”
“The whole industry has not come up with a new line of action heroes so [people say] let's go see the mature ones," Schwarzenegger told the Times. “The calls are coming in.”
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