Features

7 Best Schwarzenegger Characters

Writer: Casey Chong


Schwarzenegger in "Sabotage".

Throughout the decades, Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a huge career playing different kinds of action-oriented characters. Among his more popular roles is definitely the one where he plays a law enforcer.

In his upcoming release of "Sabotage" due this Thursday on 3 April, Schwarzenegger plays John "Breacher" Warthon, a leader of an elite DEA task force for which he and his team members find themselves in deep trouble after robbing USD$10 million from a drug cartel's safe house during a raid. To coincide with his role in "Sabotage", we have selected our top 5 picks on his best law enforcement characters that he has played throughout his acting career.

7. "Kindergarten Cop" (1990)

Schwarzenegger dealing with the kids in a scene from "Kindergarten Cop".

Law Enforcement Role: A tough Los Angeles police detective, John Kimble, who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to track down a drug dealer named Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson). And apparently dealing with kids proves to be much tougher than he thought.

Favorite Quote: "There 'is' no bathroom!"

 

6. "The Last Stand" (2013)

(L-R) Johnny Knoxville and Schwarzenegger save the day in a scene from "The Last Stand".

Law Enforcement Role: A former LAPD-turned-sheriff Ray Owens has been enjoying a less stressful life at the small town of Sommerton Junction, Arizona. That is until an international drug lord named Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), who has staged a daring escape from FBI custody in Las Vegas and now speeding towards the Mexican border with his souped-up Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1.

Favorite Quote: "Welcome to Sommerton!"

 

5. "Eraser" (1996)

Schwarzenegger dispatches bad guys with two big guns armoured with electromagnetic pulse in a scene from "Eraser".

Law Enforcement Role: U.S. Marshal John Kruger from the Federal Witness Security Protection Program (WITSEC). A specialist who "erases" the identities of his witnesses that he is assigned to protect and keep them safe at all cost. Here, he gets to protect former Miss America and famous "Colors Of The Wind" singer Vanessa Williams, who plays a key witness Lee Cullen.

Favorite Quote: "You're luggage!"

 

4. "Last Action Hero" (1993)

Schwarzenegger takes aim in a scene from "Last Action Hero".

Law Enforcement Role: A fictional and indestructible Los Angeles police detective named Jack Slater from the "Jack Slater" series of action movies. Suffice to say, his role is actually a famous action-movie character where he unexpectedly teams up with a young movie fan (Austin O'Brien) coming from the real world.

Favorite Quote: "Hey, you want to be a farmer? Here's a couple of acres!"

 

3. "Red Heat" (1987)

(L-R) James Belushi and Schwarzenegger in a scene from "Red Heat".

Law Enforcement Role: A tough and no-nonsense Russian police officer, Captain Ivan Danko. He is sent from Russia to the seedy Chicago and forced to team up with Chicago police detective Sergeant Art Ridzik (James Belushi) to arrest a notorious Georgian drug lord Viktor "Rosta" Rostavili (Ed O'Ross) who fled the country after killing Danko's partner.

Favorite Quote: "Soviet method is more economical"

 

2. "True Lies" (1994)

Schwarzenegger taking over a U.S. fighter jet in a scene from "True Lies".

Law Enforcement Role: A U.S. government covert agent, Harry Tasker who specialized in counter-terrorism task force under "The Omega Sector". He is assigned to stop a Middle Eastern terrorist group known as the Crimson Jihad, led by Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik). Not only that, Harry also led a double life in front of his family – wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and teenage daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku) – disguising as an average computer salesman working for a mock company called Tektel Systems.

Favorite Quote: "You're fired"

 

1. "Predator" (1987)

(L-R) Schwarzenegger and Sonny Landham in a scene from "Predator".

Law Enforcer Role: A team leader of the special force ops, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, who is tasked for a rescue mission to track down potential survivors in the remote Central American jungle. But apart from taking down a small army of guerrilla soldiers, he and his team members are forced to encounter an extra-terrestrial being who hunts human for sport.

Favorite Quote: "If it bleeds, we can kill it"



"Sabotage" opens in cinemas nationwide on 3 April.

Cinema Online, 03 April 2014


Showtimes