Arnie Pays Homage to Kim Ji-woon's Unique Directorial Style

Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Kim Ji-woon /Newsis Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Kim Ji-woon /Newsis

Hollywood is always looking for talented directors like Kim Ji-woon who have a new style and vision, Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a press conference held at a hotel in Yeouido, Seoul on Wednesday. Schwarzenegger stars in Kim's Hollywood debut "The Last Stand," which gets its theatrical release here on Thursday.

The actor said he was impressed by Kim's outstanding directing and the visual effects when he watched his previous movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Weird," and wanted to work with him.

Kim said he had grown up watching the former bodybuilder's action flicks and that it was a dream come true to have him on the cast. "I dreamed of becoming a director while watching Arnold play heroic roles in movies like 'Conan the Barbarian,' 'The Terminator,' and 'True Lies,' and I realized my dream of getting to finally make a movie with him," he said.

Schwarzenegger arrived at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and headed directly to the set of a new short film Kim is working on in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province -- hinting at their close relationship.

The former governor of California, who has only appeared in cameo roles in action movies in the last decade, still draws on his huge physical strength in the film. The plot revolves around a border town sheriff who must stop a drug cartel leader from fleeing the country in a supercar that can outpace a helicopter.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 21, 2013 09:17 KST