Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped down as governor of California two years ago this week, after seven years in office as a liberal Republican. Despite his decent political record in Sacramento, his personal life was in shambles back in Los Angeles, delaying an inevitable return to movie stardom.
It was Schwarzenegger's philandering and a secret son scandal that finally plunged him into marriage hell and divorce proceedings from Maria Shriver. So it took longer for the Governator to make good on his most famous movie line: "I'll be back!"
At 65, he is back in his first lead role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. Cameos in two Expendables movies were warm-up exercises. The Last Stand opens on Jan. 18.