The Austrian Oak also talks his favorite wrestlers, a Conan sequel and more.
BY IGN MOVIES We recently chatted with Arnold Schwarzenegger about reprising his role as the T-800 model Terminator in WWE 2K16.
Schwarzenegger will represent two playable T-800s - one from the original 1984 film, and another from 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Both will be available exclusively to those who pre-order WWE 2K16 from retailers such as Gamestop, Amazon, or any other major retailer accepting pre-orders.
Here's what the superstar, former California governor, and future Celebrity Apprentice host had to tell us not only about WWE 2K16, but also some of his long-in-development movie sequels:
IGN: What would your wrestling name have been if you went to the WWE? Would you have wanted to be a good guy or a villain? Which have you enjoyed more in film?
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Maybe the Austrian Oak, which is what people called me in bodybuilding. I think I would have been a good guy, not a heel. But I’ve loved playing both - I’m the only person on both the “Best Villains” and “Best Heroes” list as Terminator.
IGN: Which other characters of yours would you like to see in WWE?
Schwarzenegger: Not mine, but a character I have fought: the Predator. Can you imagine the Predator jumping into the ring?
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IGN: What would the ultimate Arnold WWE face-off be? Terminator vs. Conan? Who vs. who?
Schwarzenegger: Terminator versus anyone isn’t a fair battle, because it isn’t easy to fight a machine. But I like the idea of Terminator vs. Conan. A machine versus a barbarian might be as close to a fair fight as you can get. And it would be fun to see Conan swinging his sword at the Terminator and the metal on metal crashes.
IGN: Who is your favorite wrestler of all time?
Schwarzenegger: I love them all, The Rock, Stone Cold, but I really identify with Bruno Sammartino. He is a fellow immigrant, and he is truly a legend. He sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times! And he is so powerful. I remember the first time I saw him picking up someone over his head. Imagine the power. And he is the sweetest, most inspirational guy.
IGN: In your prime, who is stronger between you and WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar?
Schwarzenegger: I’ve stood next to Brock. He is a monster. I am not sure I would want to ever compete in a lifting tournament with someone that big.
IGN: Who would win in an actual bar brawl: You or Dean Ambrose?
Schwarzenegger: Dean did a great job as an actor in that scene, but let’s be clear – he doesn’t have a chance against the Terminator.
IGN: What is it about your many roles that has audiences wanting to see them again and again? We’ve also had returns to the Predator and Total Recall universes in recent years.
Schwarzenegger: I think the characters connect with people, and I’m so honored they want to see them again. People love the humor mixed in with the strength. It humanizes the action hero, which I think is so important.
IGN: Is The Legend of Conan moving forward? What is the appeal of playing that legendary character once more?
Schwarzenegger: I’ve seen a script I really like, and every time I see fans, they demand a new Conan. The role means so much to me and I would love to do it again.
IGN: We’ve been hearing about Triplets for a long time and now the possibility that Eddie Murphy would play the third brother has come up. Where are you on that project and what would Eddie bring to the dynamic you have with Danny DeVito?
Schwarzenegger: Eddie is hilarious. We’ve met about it several times, and I think we all want to do it, but some things take time to get off the ground.
IGN: We also enjoyed your smaller scale zombie drama Maggie this year. Will we be seeing more of that kind of dramatic film from you in the future?
Schwarzenegger: I really enjoyed challenging myself with that role. I have always loved a challenge - stay hungry! I think it’s safe to say you’ll see more of that.