Since returning to his acting career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been very eager to bring back some of his old characters. The fact that years or even decades have passed since he played some of those could prove a problem in some cases, but, in an interview with TheArnoldFans, the former California governor says that isn’t the case with The Legend of Conan:
Age doesn’t mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn’t mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that’s the key thing, and to keep your body young. Even though you do feel the pain when you wipe out and when you do your fight scenes and you get more sore and the body doesn’t come back as quickly and all this … but just grind through it, you know? That’s what it’s all about!
Obviously, no amount of working out can hide the fact that Schwarzenegger isn’t in his thirties anymore, but the new film is expected to pick up with the character at a more, advanced age, as we previously reported. Once they’ve got the story locked down, Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment, says they’ll need to find the right helmer and the right look:
We’re concentrating on the story and the script, and then we’ll go out and find the right director who has the same passion as the rest of us in the group. … I mean, we’re trying to get the TOP production people involved. We’re talking all the time about who we’d see doing the production, and our dream would be to have the WETA Workshop guys, the LOTR and Hobbit guys. They are huge Conan fans and they would be great to be involved on the creative side.
The Legend of Conan is slated for a summer 2014 release, which means there’s plenty of time for updates, so stay tuned!