Schwarzenegger's 'Expendables' Cameo Negligible

March 11, 2009

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Arnold disappointed some of his biggest fans (the Arnold fans of TheArnoldFans.com) this weekend when he downplayed his cameo in Sylvester Stallone's action star supergroup film The Expendables, claiming his appearance will be extremely brief:

[The cameo] will just be something quick, like I walk out of a hotel or out of a office building and he will walk up and we will bump into each other and there will be some mumbling and then we will walk off (crowd laughs). So it will be something very simple, that will be again, just a cameo, so that's what we're going to do. I promised him I'd do that and I'm looking forward to that.

I know he's probably exaggerating, but I really wish that were his entire cameo: this really long shot where you can't exactly make out who it is, some indistinct muttering, Stallone explaing, "That was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger," and finally some approving nods from the rest of the Expendable crew. That's it. Or maybe Sly entering a bar's single-toilet bathroom only to find the back of a large man in a suit already using it, and you hear a panicked, distinctly Austrian, "It's taken!" If the cameo is going to be a brief, pointless encounter, I say the more vague and arbitrary the better.

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