Former Republican Governor of California and the star of numerous action films including Terminator and Kindergarten Cop Arnold Schwarzenegger recently posited that his film Last Action Hero was slaughtered by the media due to his politics.
In a long-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schwarzenegger was asked what his most underrated role was.
He answered, “Last Action Hero. It was slaughtered before anybody saw it. It was literally a political attack because I was campaigning for [former President George H.W. Bush], but Bill Clinton won.”
“Last Action Hero was great — it wasn’t fantastic, but it was underrated. Now, more and more people are seeing it and saying, ‘I love this movie,'” he continued.
He went on to reveal, “I’m getting the residual checks, so I know it’s true. It made money — that’s always an important thing for me. Because it’s show business, right?”
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According to The-Numbers, Last Action Hero, which hit theaters in 1993, brought in $50 million at the domestic box office and another $87.2 million at the international box office for a worldwide gross of $137.2 million.
For comparison, the film performed worse than Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania adjusting for inflation. Looking at the inflation numbers the film only grossed $126. 2 million at the domestic box office and another $220.3 million internationally for a global gross of $346.5 million.
Quantumania grossed $214.1 million domestically and another $249.1 million internationally for a global gross of $463.3 million. Quantumania lost money for The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios due to its production budget of $200 million. Last Action Hero had an even higher production budget of $214.5 million adjusting for inflation.
Rotten Tomatoes notes the film has a rotten 40% Tomatometer score from critics with an average rating of 5 out of 10.
On Metacritic the film has a Metascore from critics of 44 based on 19 reviews.
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Schwarzenegger next stars as Luke Brunner in the upcoming TV series FUBAR on Netflix. The official description reads, “A CIA Operative on the verge of retirement discovers a family secret. Forced to go back into the field for one last job, the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action and humor.”
It debuts on the streaming platform on May 25th.
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