Tom Arnold Returns to Comedy with Stand-Up Tour, True Lies 2 Rumors


Tom Arnold is enjoying the renaissance that arrives for all great artists, with a series in development at NBC, a steadily rising indie-film profile, and a flourishing return to his stand-up comedy roots. But as Arnold alluded to the New York Times in an extensive Sunday profile, that second career won't be complete until a return to blockbuster form takes place with his True Lies braintrust of Jim Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And if you believe Arnold (still the comic, not the governor), it's close -- perhaps even next-year close.

"It's not going to be called True Lies II, but it might as well be," Arnold told the Times, restating claims from earlier this year that he, Cameron and Schwarzenegger would re-team in 14 months -- "the day after Arnold stops being governor of California," and apparently not a day later.

Not that there's any plot, script, working title or other details, but that's a peccadillo. Knowing what a fast worker Cameron is -- having spent the better part of 10 years developing the technology that finally allowed him to make Avatar -- a Schwarzenegger/Arnold buddy comedy sounds like just the follow-up to turn around in a little over a year from now. I don't doubt for a minute that Cameron actually rang Arnold after reading the NYT interview, invited him over for some brainstorming, threw on his military fatigues and undertook some preliminary shooting with his innovative, actor-penetrating new camera. This will be huge.

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