Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'real guy' role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 May 2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger insists he plays a "real guy" John 'Breacher' Wharton in 'Sabotage' unlike his former action hero roles

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a "real guy" in 'Sabotage'.

The 66-year-old hunk, who is known for his action roles, hits the big screen as the commander of an elite squad of DEA operatives John 'Breacher' Wharton in the David Ayer-directed film, and insists he was attracted to the part because his character wasn't an "over-the-top action hero".

He told Digital Spy: "I think this is exactly what was appealing to me because he was like a real guy. He wasn't an over-the-top action hero. Also, he wasn't an action hero who was multidimensional but he was flawed. It's not the movie where everything is black and white and good against evil. But sometimes they cross the line, good crosses the line."

Schwarzenegger's role was physically demanding and his fitness routine helped him cope with filming the intense scenes.

He previously said: "I always have an hour in the morning of cardiovascular and then 45 minutes to an hour at night with the weights.

"It gives you the advantage when you have a crazy director who says, 'I want you to be in top shape, we are going to run up the stairs 50 times and break through the doors!'"


  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard
  • UK release: 7 May 2014

The leader (Schwarzenegger) of an elite DEA task force heads a mission to relieve the drug cartels of $10m, only to find that his team is being picked off one by one. Despite a strong opening, a good supporting cast and an interesting premise, it's let down by plot holes and its own absurdity.

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