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Arnold takes a sweet turn

Ex-governor back on screen in Cry Macho
Cry Macho shows another side of Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has zeroed in on the film that will mark his return to the big screen: Cry Macho, a drama about a down-onhis-luck horse trainer who is hired to kidnap a nineyear-old boy.

Filming is set to begin in September. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) will direct. Producer Al Ruddy, an Oscar winner for both The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, has been nurturing the project for years.

"I guarantee that you'll get another look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie," Ruddy said.

"Arnold always plays these big muscular guys, but there's a sweetness to Arnold in real life, and we want to bring that sweetness to the screen. Now that Brad's met with Arnold, he's convinced there's an accessibility and vulnerability there that he wants to bring out."

The project's financier, QED International, will begin offering it to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

Schwarzenegger's deal calls for the actor to receive $12.5 million plus 25 per cent of gross ticket sales from the first dollar. Ruddy and Schwarzenegger also will end up coowning the negative on the film.

Schwarzenegger, 63, will play Mike, a horse trainer whose wife and son have died. His former boss makes him an offer he can't refuse: $400,000 to kidnap the boss's trust-fund son, who is living with the man's ex-wife in Mexico.

But when Mike locates the boy, a real troublemaker, the ex-wife doesn't want the kid. But as Mike and the boy head back to the states, with the Federales on their trail, they develop a father-son bond.