Predator Director Understands Why Schwarzenegger Turned Down Role

Though it looks like a fun installment in the popular franchise, don't expect to see Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch make an appearance in The Predator, no matter how brief.

The star was offered a role in the sequel, going so far as to meet with director Shane Black about the possible cameo, but ultimately he turned it down. And while fans may be disappointed in his decision, Black completely understands why Schwarzenegger declined the offer to return.

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"Understandably – and believe me, I completely get it – he said, 'Look, that's kind of a small part, and I don't really think I want to do that. I'm off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameron'," Black told Digital Spy. "So I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, I'd want to be one of the stars of a film, or nothing."

Despite that disappointment, Black does seem to hold out hope for a chance to lure the action star back to one of the franchises that helped launch his career in the '80s. "[I]f there's another movie, there's no reason why he couldn't be either in it, or the star of it, or whatever someone decides at a future date."

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Directed by Shane Black from a script he wrote with Fred Dekker, The Predator stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Jane Thomas, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski. The film arrives in theaters on September 14.

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