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Why Schwarzenegger Took on 'The Last Stand': 'This Is What the Fans Want to See'

By Patricia Ramos, Hollywood.com Staff

Following an eight-year hiatus from Hollywood, courtesy of his time as The Governator (of California), Arnold Schwarzenegger has proven he is back - and is still a fully capable action star at 65-years-old. In his first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger teamed up with famed South Korean director Jee-Woon Kim for an entertaining, action-packed The Last Stand, bringing in plenty of laughs on the big screen.

After moving out of Los Angeles and leaving the city's police department, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is living a simple life in the quiet border town of Sommerton. But when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), a dangerous drug lord escapes from Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) and the FBI, heading towards Mexico, it is up to Sherriff Owens and his inexperienced staff, including gun-loving Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville) to save the day.

Hollywood.com recently sat down with Schwarzenegger and Knoxville to weigh in on the worst injuries they've suffered in their careers (gentlemen, you may cringe at Knoxville's response), what appealed to Schwarzenegger about this film and why older guys in Tinseltown are still today's action heroes.

"It was not like beating around the bush and pretending like I'm a 30-year-old action hero, but it acknowledges the age, and I even make a joke about the age," Schwarzenegger explains about making fun of his elder age onscreen. "It's like Clint Eastwood did in In the Line of Fire when he ran next to the president's limo to protect him, and he all of a sudden ran out of breath and is huffing and puffing."

The Last Stand hits theatres Friday, Jan. 18. Check out the interview with the odd couple below:

[Photo Credit: Lionsgate]

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