January 15th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I'm a better actor now

This weekend's action release, "The Last Stand," will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to a leading man role - the type of gig the 65-year-old actor hasn't held in years.

But his time away from Hollywood has actually helped him improve, Schwarzenegger told CNN at "The Last Stand's" premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

"I got older. I got wiser. I experienced certain things as governor [of California] that helped me with my performance," Schwarzenegger said. "I think I'm better today than when I left the acting field. I think the movie turned out really terrific and I was very fortunate to work with a director that is really good at pulling performances out of actors. I loved working with Kim Jee-woon.”

We should also see Schwarzenegger back in one of his old costumes as Conan the Barbarian before long - it was reported last fall that he was set to return in what's being pegged as a "continuation" of the first 1982 film.

"I think Universal Studios has bought out the rights. They're seriously going to put it back on track," Schwarzenegger said. "I fought for that for years for them to be serious about it and make it an 'A' movie, not just a movie where people get hacked up and all this, but a great story with a great director. And they are now serious about it and so I'm looking forward to the script being finished so we can prep the movie and start shooting."

soundoff (22 Responses)
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    March 11, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dhow Cruise

    However,..."I think Universal Studios has bought out the rights. They're seriously going to put it back on track and thanks to him.

    January 30, 2013 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. danielwalldammit

    It would be fun to see him do well in another movie. I hope he is right about his skills.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. we support arnie 100%

    maria always looks stoopid...

    January 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. i'm soooooo happy for arnie

    and happy he left maria....she's a loser...

    January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Arnie...

    is number 1....maria no good.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I am Italian.. I'm not sure your referring too...

    however....maria is a lonely putz and deserves whatever arnie does to her.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maria is a lonely bitter woman

    that's why arnie has to step out on her....good for Arnie

    January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Italians do it better


    January 16, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Janice

    Politics has a way of doing that! What better acting gig?

    January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. froggerpapone

    Oh no Arnold, you were a far better actor in your real life to your wife

    January 16, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sebastian2

    Of course he's a better actor now; he's had 8 years of practice lying to us Californians...

    January 16, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. who is this hunk machine!


    January 16, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. tracie


    January 16, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lenny Pincus

    Years of lying will do that.

    January 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Good Night

    i must go...pleasant dreams to everyone..

    January 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Arnie!!

    he da man!!! yes he is!!!!

    January 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Simon

    Yeah he's a better actor...because he became a politician.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right Simon

      In addition Simon, he was playing a role with his wife and children as well. Let's face it the man can (lie, opps, act) better than most.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Arnie is a bad boy

    yes he is. yep!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Hey Arnie...

    If it helps - go right ahead!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. The 2 are for you

    i love arnie..he is an amazing actor with an edge...go for it arnie.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |

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