Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 67-year-old actor and the former Governor of California, met Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Chennai at the state Secretariat. However, it was not known what transpired between the two.
Schwarzenegger, clad in a grey blazer, did not talk to waiting reporters but struck a pose for the shutterbugs who had come in good numbers. He also gave a policeman on security duty a pat on his shoulder, drawing instant cheers from the cops and others around. Many thronged to catch a glimpse of the star. The Terminator actor was in Chennai for the audio launch of director Shankar’s mega budget movie, I, starring Vikram and Amy Jackson. A.R. Rahman has scored the music for the film.
“Want to do a movie by Shankar” Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his desire to act in a movie of ace film director Shankar and also invited him for the making of Conan the King, a proposed sequential in the Conan series.
“What about me? I have come all the way for a job interview with you,” he told director Shankar at a glitzy audio launch function of Vikram-starrer Tamil film I which is slated for release soon.
Praising a group of professional body builders who walked the ramp as part of promo events for the audio launch of the film, he said he too wanted to perform in a Shankar directorial.
Arnold’s first ever visit to Chennai has a symbolic significance for the movie as Vikram is portrayed as a body builder in I. Eleven macho men who walked the ramp gave Arnold a special salute which he acknowledged with warmth. He shook hands with the men and lauded Shankar for using their services in the movie.
Interestingly, the hero in the film is depicted like a young Arnold, a body building champion then with features like a curly hair style.
The Hollywood actor also invited Shankar in making Conan the King. “How about making King Conan,? he asked Shankar. Smiling, Shankar nodded his head and gave him a thumbs-up amid thunderous applause.
Profusely thanking the fans, Aascar Films Ravichandran, the producer, and Shankar for inviting him for the function, he ended his brief speech with his famous punch line of “I will be back.”
Arnold got a rousing reception from the thousands of fans at the huge Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai.
Superstar Rajinikanth and Kannada superstar Puneet Rajkumar were among the host of celebrities who participated in the event.
Suriya meets his fitness idol
Popular Tamil actor Suriya could not believe his eyes when he met Arnold Schwarzenegger. He rushed home to get the Hollywood action star’s book on body-building to have it autographed by him.
The Terminator star was surprised by this gesture but gracefully signed the book for the actor, known to be a fitness freak. Suriya and Schwarzenegger hit it off instantly after being introduced by producer Ramesh Babu.