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He's back as promised, but his latest role as a small-town sheriff has led some to question if Arnie can still cut it as Conan

There may never be another Hollywood film star like Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the 1980s and 90s the Austrian oak was such a totemic figure on the big screen that screenwriters stopped bothering to explain away his thick Styrian accent and preposterous bulk, aware that audiences accepted him instinctively. Perhaps the most obvious sign of the former California governor's slide down the stature scale comes in the denouement of his new action film The Last Stand, which is out today in UK cinemas. Faced with a sneering villain who has been behaving very badly indeed, Schwarzenegger's grizzled small-town sheriff tells his enemy: "You make us immigrants look bad." It raised a laugh at the screening I attended, but 80s writers wouldn't have needed to flag up Arnie's alienness. »

- Ben Child

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