Jamie Lee Curtis Reunites With Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Their “Romance” Spans Over 30 Years

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True Lies fans are buzzing with excitement as Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger reunited nearly 30 years after their iconic movie hit. Jamie Lee Curtis shared adorable photos of the duo on her Instagram, bringing a wave of nostalgia. As fans continue to treasure the couple, their legacy endures, promising to captivate the hearts of future generations.

True Lies brought them together 30 years ago.

True Lies, the brainchild of the iconic director James Cameron, holds a special spot in the hearts of movie enthusiasts, establishing itself as the ultimate action-comedy classic. Jamie Lee Curtis took on the role of Helen Tasker, embarking on an electrifying journey of espionage and self-discovery alongside her on-screen partner, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Their magnetic on-screen chemistry and the rollercoaster plot have etched True Lies as a timeless treasure in the annals of cinematic history.

During the film’s production, Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger were co-stars. Schwarzenegger can vividly recall a peculiar detail where Curtis was originally categorized as a supporting actress rather than the lead, a decision he found unfair.

In an unexpected twist, Curtis spilled the beans in a speech, revealing that once the movie wrapped up, someone made a call to ensure she received the rightful credit. What truly blew Curtis away was the revelation that her co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, played a pivotal role in championing this correction.

At first, someone wasn’t too excited about the choice of the movie partner.

Jamie and Arnold teaming up in the 1994 movie True Lies might seem like an odd match at first. But here’s the interesting twist: Arnold wasn’t too thrilled about the idea initially. When they first met on the set of this James Cameron film, he didn’t quite see Jamie Lee as the ideal choice for the role of a leading lady in an action flick. The reason? He had a certain image in his mind, thanks to his action-packed career, of what such a woman should look like.

The kicker was that Jamie Lee Curtis came with some serious Hollywood pedigree as the daughter of the legendary Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Thus, her lineage made Arnold hesitate about her suitability for the role.

The actress recalls, “But it took about two months for them to actually offer me the movie because my good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger — who only knew me as Tony Curtis’s daughter — needed to be convinced. So they screen-tested a bunch of actresses. It ultimately came back to me. To Arnold’s credit, we are now friends. I just think he knew me as Tony’s little girl.”

However, despite the initial skepticism, Jamie absolutely nailed her part. She brought a mix of action, comedy, and drama to her character, and it worked like a charm. She not only won over the audience but also managed to impress the big man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Jamie said, “So Arnold loved my dad, and I think it might have been a little weird for him having to mack with Tony’s daughter. And I’m not a traditional beauty. I’m not a traditional leading woman. I think he thought maybe there was a better person out there. I give him a total pass for that. I agree with him. I probably would have done the same thing. But I ended up doing the part.”

Ever since then, they became lifelong friends.

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But, once they got started with their movie partnership, something amazing happened. Jamie Lee and Arnold hit it off like a house on fire. It wasn’t just a casual friendship that lasted during the filming; it turned into a bond that lasted a lifetime. Jamie Lee even became close with Arnold’s ex-wife, Maria Shriver.

Although they might not always be spotted hanging out together, it’s clear that they share a deep connection and a ton of respect for each other. They cherish the moments they do get to spend together. In an interview in 2015, Jamie Lee summed up her feelings about Arnold calling him “a great guy.”

However, Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t shy about sharing how much he loves and respects his True Lies co-star and friend. He’s open and public about it, letting the world know how much he appreciates her. “There are a lot of stars here in Hollywood that have maybe one hit or two hits, this woman has hits for more than four decades. Think about that,” he said on the occasion of Jamie’s Walk of Fame event.

Their latest get-together recently caused a social media frenzy.

Curtis and Schwarzenegger’s recent reunion, nearly three decades after the movie’s release, has sparked renewed interest among fans, with many now clamoring for a sequel. Curtis posted a photo on Instagram of the two at a charity event for After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization dedicated to narrowing the opportunity gap for underprivileged youth.

In the picture, Curtis can be seen wearing a German dirndl dress and a flower crown, while Schwarzenegger dons a simple black t-shirt with a small flower tucked behind his ear. Both are smiling radiantly at the camera. Fans of True Lies have flocked to the post to show their support for the actors’ reunion, delighted to see Curtis and Schwarzenegger back together.

This charity event brought the long-time friends together, occurring almost a year after their previous public reunion in October 2022. That reunion happened when Curtis was being honored at her hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

At this event, the two friends even shared a friendly kiss, and Schwarzenegger heaped praise on Curtis, referring to her as the “most extraordinary actress”. He specifically applauded her remarkable performance in True Lies from many years ago. On the other hand, Curtis, in an interview after receiving her honor, expressed her gratitude for her friend’s support.

During that conversation, she also revealed her openness to the idea of starring in another movie alongside Schwarzenegger. “It made me want to do another one with him. I walked up to him, and I was like, ’Dude, why aren’t we doing another movie?’ I’m gonna call Jim today,” she said, referring to James Cameron. Who knows, maybe Helen and Harry will eventually hit the big screen one more time.

Other than Jamie and Arnold we have a bunch of other reunions we’d like to share with you.

Preview photo credit jamieleecurtis / Instagram, CHRIS DELMAS / AFP / East News


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