Hollywood legend to hit UK screens in pre-Apprentice show
Arnold Schwarzenegger is to make his first appearance in a dedicated TV special this spring it has been revealed.
The world famous Hollywood action man- famous for his roles in films such as Conan The Barbarian, The Terminator franchise, Predator and dozens more – is to front a two-hour TV show dedicated to stunts in movies, titled Arnie’s 50 Greatest Ever Stunts.
An official statement from Channel 4 – who are airing the special in the UK – said: “In addition to commentary from fans, comedians, stunt coordinators and daredevils, this celebration of skill and courage will take a behind-the-scenes look at how these jaw-dropping stunts came together with Arnie offering insight into what it takes to be a real life action hero.”
The actor is known for filming his own stunts, a decision that has led to him being considered one of Hollywood’s greatest ‘action men’.
According to The Sun, Schwarzenegger will show viewers how some of his favourite stunts were achieved, including Jean-Claude Van Damme’s famous splits between two moving trucks scene and Felix Baumgartner’s free fall to Earth from the stratosphere. The special airs in the spring.
Meanwhile, it was also announced on Monday (February 15) that Schwarzenegger is to take over from Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice later on this year.
NBC announced last night that Schwarzenegger will host the business-based reality show during the 2016-2017 TV season, replacing Trump, who is now focusing on his Presidential campaign.
“We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise,” NBC’s Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves.
“It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that [creator] Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today’s audiences, that made him the man to hire. The Celebrity Apprentice… will be back!”
NBC announced in July that it will no longer do business with Trump following his widely-criticised comments about Mexican immigrants. The mogul, who had hosted The Celebrity Apprentice since it launched in 2008, took to Twitter last night to wish his successor well.
Previous winners of The Celebrity Apprentice, which features eight famous faces competing to raise money for charity, include Piers Morgan, Poison singer Bret Michaels and the late Joan Rivers. Following the announcement, Schwarzenegger tweeted to his 3.5 million followers: “Wow. I’m blown away and honored by all your tweets. I can’t wait to bring my experience to the board room & raise millions for charity.”