Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Never Forget the Humiliation 1 Movie Gave Him Just 2 Years after Terminator 2 Broke Records: “It hurts you”

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the failure of 1993’s action comedy “Last Action Hero,” hit him hard.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Never Forget the Humiliation 1 Movie Gave Him Just 2 Years after Terminator 2 Broke Records: "It hurts you"

SUMMARY

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was upset when "Last Action Hero" flopped at the box office.
  • Released in 1993, Last Action Hero, was considered to be a major flop for the actor.
  • The actor recalled the journey in Netflix’s docu-series titled 'Arnold.'
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In the 1980s and 1990s, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a reputation for himself with movies like Terminator and Terminator 2. Both movies were a critical and commercial success. He was at the peak of his career. 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator

And just when his career trajectory was soaring, he did John McTiernan’s Last Action Hero, which went terribly for the actor and was quite upset over the failure. The movie mainly takes place in the universe of the fictional Jack Slater movie franchise, with Schwarzenegger playing the action hero as a young boy is teleported from the real world into Slater’s reality.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Hurt and Embarrassed By Last Action Hero Failure

Reflecting on the experience in Netflix’s three-part docuseries Arnold, the actor talked about the failure and how it hurt him. 

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When Last Action Hero came out, I had reached my peak after Terminator 2 having the most successful movie of the year worldwide. I cannot tell you how upset I was. It hurts you. It hurts your feelings. It’s embarrassing.”  

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero

Arnold Schwarzenegger then added that he “didn’t want to see anyone for a week”, but he kept plodding along and took his mother-in-law’s advice “Let’s just move forward” to heart.

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However, the film was not totally a box office flop as it finished its global run with $137 million made with an $85 million budget. 

Terminator Director James Cameron Recalled What Arnold Schwarzenegger Felt 

When the Predator actor was almost broke with the response Last Action Hero received, veteran director James Cameron called him and tried to uplift the actor. According to Cameron, he had never heard Schwarzenegger sound so low!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from the Terminator series.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from the Terminator series.

He sounded like he was in bed crying. He took it as a deep blow to his brand. I think it really shook him. I said, ‘What are you gonna do?’ He said, ‘I’m just gonna hang out by myself.’ That’s the only time I’ve ever heard him down.” [Arnold (via EW)]

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Following the failure of the Last Action Hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger quickly got back up on his feet and went to work the next day. Having watched the 1991 French comedy-adventure La Totale!, he went on to do 1994’s True Lies, his next film with Cameron.

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Prantik Prabal Roy

Written by Prantik Prabal Roy

Prantik Prabal Roy is a content writer at FandomWire. With over three years of experience in content writing for various media houses, he takes great interest in telling stories about Hollywood celebrities and the world revolving around them. He has done his Master's in English literature and diploma course in journalism. Being a literature student, he has the ability to delve into the matter and analyse it thoroughly to give the readers a clear view on the specific topics.