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Arnie returns with T3

EXPECTATIONS are high for Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the role of the T-800 in T3: The Rise of the Machines, and the action star definitely does not want to disappoint.

However, there is one thing you won't see him do on film -- martial arts moves.

While the self-defence style might have invaded several movies, such as The Matrix and almost every other action film on the screen, Schwarzenegger says he will not be doing any high leg kicks or hand chops.

"I love the Hong Kong style of action movies, but that only looks good for small guys," the actor said on the set of T3. "The reason why the whole style was developed over there was because those guys were very puny guys. They're not powerful looking guys.

"There's no weightlifting champion coming out of Hong Kong -- maybe in the bantam division or the lightweight division or something like that.

"In order for them to be equal in a fighting situation, they had to learn a technique that small people can do that is as effective as the big guy's strength. So that's where the martial arts came from.

"Therefore, it was always a smaller person's trick. The Bruce Lee kind of a guy, he looks very ordinary and small, but he's very quick and can fly through the air and kick and all that stuff. It looks great, but when you're a big guy, it doesn't look as good."

Schwarzenegger said audiences preferred him doing "simple, brutal" moves.

"When you're a big guy the people like to see you pick up the guy, take him and throw him against the wall. They think that's a cool move when you're a big guy," he said with a smile.

"Like in Terminator . . . be thrown around. They want to see the size of body do something. They would be disappointed if a big guy always had to resort to those tricks because that would mean that he had no power.

"The way Jackie Chan survives in the movies is because he's so fast. He runs up the fence and jumps over the wall and does all those kind of things, so, no matter who it is, a 200kg gorilla cannot get him; he's too fast.

"For me, audiences always like the more simple and brutal moves, rather than the tricky kind of things."

As for a match-up between the former Mr Olympia and a kung fu expert -- Jet Li, for example -- Schwarzenegger's friend Tom Arnold did not seem too sure who would win.

"I think Arnold, at 54, would have a little bit of trouble because Jet Li's so quick, he's like a fly," Arnold, who is shooting Cradle 2 The Grave with Li, said.

"In the end Arnold kicks everybody's a--- as far as I'm concerned, including the Rock. All those guys, there's only one Arnold. It would be a bloody battle, but Arnold would win."


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