Out of the many things to… discuss in that goofy Chaperone trailer, maybe the most relevant is how it might be the first case of a potential action star going straight for a Kindergarten Cop-style starring role instead of moving into it gradually. Having grown up in the era of action flicks the Expendables wrote such a fond, blood-stained and slightly-burnt love letter to, I’ve long been looking for this generation’s Schwarzenegger or Stallone (or Eastwood or Bronson if you want to go back farther.) The candidates are there, certainly but, from Vin Diesel to even the most electrifying man in show biz, don't they all seem to fare better, ticket wise, when the qualities that would've made them badass 10 or 20 years are now just bullet points to goof on (in a family-safe way, of course?)
This could just be a case of the WWE trying to get ahead of the curve. I remember Triple H was attached for a long time to star in the never-realized King Conan and then that “walk of death” thing with John Milius, the undisputed king of manly movies. I’m sure plans were re-assessed after they learned some lessons from the dozen or so WWE flicks that haven’t quite taken off yet. Maybe it’s just limited to active wrestlers moonlighting as action stars (although, Hogan at least tried No Holds Barred before he did Suburban Commando,) but the trend keeps seems to show that the Pacifier and Are We There Yet? hit harder than, say, Riddick or Walking Tall.
Even though I didn’t particularly like the Expendables, I’m really hoping it’ll be the watershed needed for this comeback - - but maybe the dam's dried up? Maybe it’s just like what Bigger, Stronger, Faster touched on (an excellent doc, by the way) and the big, mean, take-no-prisoners action hero was really just a fad of the 80s? Maybe we're past the point where anybody wants to take that kind of character even a little seriously. What do you Screened head think?
I just find it terribly ionic that the kind of role Arnold once played against type has now, seemingly, become the role his successors have to play to.