Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to action this May with FUBAR, only it won’t be on the big screen. The show is set to drop on Netflix and fans of the Austrian Oak couldn’t be more pleased.
He’s been quiet in terms of Hollywood work over the last few years, but as an activist and fitness spokesman, he’s been as busy as ever. He recently launched a newsletter, and he has another book set to be released this upcoming October titled, Be Useful: Seven Tools For Life.
But for a man who made a name for himself first in competitive bodybuilding and then in Hollywood as one of the greatest action hero icons of the 80s and 90s (alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and a few others), for some, seeing him in a fictional role was long overdue. The last time we saw him on the big screen was in 2019, believe it or not, reprising his legendry and iconic role as the T-100 terminator in Terminator: Dark Fate.
As stated, since then he’s been a tad on the quieter side, film-wise, but has been active on social media throughout the pandemic and of course with his endeavors, both political and philanthropic.
In truth, it’s been good to follow along but many were wondering when a new fictional project with the icon would drop. Well, wait no more, because the main man is back!
This time he seems to be ready for action and a little of the old comedy routine to boot. He has always been hugely successful in the comedic department as his career has shown.
The success of films like Twins, Junior, Kindergarten Cop, as well as action/comedies like Last Action Hero, and of course, True Lies, made him a commodity in both markets. Speaking of True Lies, in FUBAR we’ll see Arnold re-embody the role of spy.
FUBAR: What we know
Well, the story is simple enough with Arnold set to play a spy. We know that already, but another similarity to the classic hit film True Lies, is that Arnold’s character, Luke, has lied to his family about what he does for a living, in this case he has lied to his daughter.
The twist here though, is that his daughter has also done a wee bit of lying on her part, as she too is a spy and works for the same organization her father does; the CIA. How they kept it from each other is something we’ll have to wait and see as it develops on screen.
Arnold is playing a 65-year-old, which puts the character at a decade younger than the star himself, who is 75. But daily workouts have kept the aforementioned Austrian Oak and former 7-time Mr. Olympia in good shape, and he looks like a believable 65-year-old for sure.
Well, in the script, and at that age, the character decides to retire. With his sudden lifestyle change, he plans on getting his estranged wife back after many years of having been divorced.
He’s also concentrating on other familial obligations he may have overlooked, which of course includes being a part of his daughter’s life. However, despite his plans, just like The Godfather’s Michael Corleone once said, “They pull you back in,” and the CIA just won’t let him retire.
They send him on a secret mission. While on this mission finds a huge surprise: his daughter is working on the same mission!
Can they work together and get over the fact that they’ve each been lying to each other all this time, while completing the mission? Or will the bad guys get one over on old Arnold and his, not so little, girl?
I’d say the situation is definitely F***** Up Beyond All Recognition for Arnold and the rest of the gang that’s along for the ride. Makes for a fun premise, don’t you think?
Full of epic explosions, fight scenes and slow-motion close-ups of Arnold aiming his revolver at the bad guys (classic Arnold); it should indeed make a lot of Arnold fans happy. The show is to run for 8 episodes, and as far as the trailer that recently dropped, loads and loads of laughs and high-octane action seems to be in the works.
And for a little bit more of the 90s nostalgia—especially for fans of True Lies, Tom Arnold is set to join in on the fun and guest star as well. As stated, Arnold is set to play Luke; his daughter will be played by Monica Barbaro of Top Gun: Maverick fame; the hilarious and incomparable Jay Baruchel will star, as well as so many others.
The show was created by Nick Santora, who has worked on The Sopranos and Law & Order as writer and producer, as well as many other television shows.
Here’s some of what Schwarzenegger had to say about FUBAR:
"“Everywhere I go, people ask me when I’m going to do another big action comedy like True Lies. Well, here it is. FUBAR will kick your a^& and make you laugh – and not just for two hours. You get a whole season. It’s been a joy to work with Nick (Santora), Skydance, and Netflix to give my fans exactly what they’ve been waiting for.”-Via Men’s Health"
Now if that doesn’t hype you up for all the action, I don’t know what will, dear readers. The show is set to drop on Netflix on May 25, 2023.
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