Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and once icon of action movies in the United States, has revealed a new promotional trip to Japan for his upcoming comeback movie The Last Stand. While he has come to Japan while holding office as governor, Schwarzenegger’s February 20th arrival will be the first visit to the country to promote a film since 2003.
During the peak of the actor’s success as one of the world’s biggest action stars, Schwarzenegger was likewise popular in Japan, staring in commercials and coming to promote almost every film he was in. At a recent TV interview in Los Angeles, Japanese reporters asked about his upcoming visit to the land of the rising sun, responding to his fans in the country with his trademark from the movie The Terminator, “I’ll be back.” Oh Arnold, how clever of you.
In The Last Stand, the 65 year old plays the role of a police sheriff in a small U.S. town located on the Mexican border, who struggles to protect his home and the residents after getting caught up in a struggle against a Mexican drug cartel. The movie will open in Japan on April 27th, but debuted in U.S. theaters in mid-January. While the former governor made brief appearances in the two Expendables movies, The Last Stand celebrates Schwarzenegger’s first leading role in 10 years with its posters having the tongue-in-cheek tagline “retirement is for sissies.”