Throwback Thursday: The Running Man
On this day in 1987, The Running Man was released and minds all over the world were simultaneously blown with the sheer awesomeness of seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger share the same screen with Richard Dawson. There’s also a scene of Jesse Ventura doing his best Richard Simmons ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’ while laughing maniacally and cheesin’ to the camera. While the story was originally written by Stephen King, the movie version is so different that it hardly makes it a straight up adaptation. The story got “Arnold-ed”. It went from being a normal tale about a guy who wasn’t a bodybuilding goliath to a movie starring a ripped up action figure with the body of a Greek God. It’s hard for a man that size to get too much sympathy from us as viewers cause he’s a massive brute who could rip off the limbs of those who cross him. At one point Don Johnson was to play the role of Ben but he chose to stay on with Miami Vice instead. I love this movie and if you were to take away the Arnold and his great one-liners then I just don’t know if It would have the same effect on me. This could be the most “Arnold-y” of all of Arnold’s movies as he pretty much drops amazing one-liners after every person that he kills. We also get Maria Conchita Alonso running around in spandex so that is always a good thing. Many people don’t know that this film inspired the awesome show “American Gladiators” and for that I will forever be grateful.
Check out this Interview with Arnold about The Running Man