Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Conan the Geriatric
Being a weightlifter, and knowing a bunch of other weightlifters, my answer would be yes, as long as it's understood that he's playing an older version of the Cimmerian and people don't expect him to go shirtless for the whole film. Arnold is 63 and he's not ever going to be in the shape he was for the first two movies. Gravity affects us all. However, he could get in good enough shape to play the older King Conan if he's willing to put in the time and work. Sylvester Stallone, who's about the same age as Arnie, has shown that a man of that age can still be cut and ripped, and so have many other weightlifters and bodybuilders. In fact Arnie ought to train with Stallone for a while.
I'd suggest that they put Arnold into a costume much like the one that he wore in Red Sonja. Trousers and a sleeveless tunic. he could certainly get bulked up enough to make that work.
Not that I think anyone in his or her right mind would actually fund a Conan movie after last year's flop, and again not that I ever want to see Arnie in the role again. But yeah, I think he could do it.