Director Shankar Says Before Akshay, Hollywood Star Arnold Was Offered The Role

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2.0, the 3D sci-fi fiction movie got released today with full enthusiasm. The adventurous venture released in many screens worldwide and the ensembled team cast featuring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, the significant role played by every character is being appreciated by the audience. But do you know Akshay was not the first choice of director? Yes, you heard it right… Director S. Shankar initially approached Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger for the anti-role that Akshay Kumar is playing now.

The director was excited yet conscious about the release of the movie and said, “I have mixed feelings right now. But there isn’t much nervousness because I have done my best. Everyone from my cast and crew has also put in a lot of efforts. We just hope audiences appreciate our effort.”

During the Press conference with the Press Trust Of India, Shankar spilt beans about the selection of Arnold for the pessimistic role, he said, “We had thought of casting Arnold. We had talked and allotted dates also. But somehow things did not work out as the contracts of Hollywood and India are contradictory.”

He added, “So we thought of looking at a good cast from the Indian film industry,” and then the director also realized that Akshay would be a nice choice for the role, and then move his decision in favour of Akshay, the director put forward the script in front of the actor.”

“Everyone told me to consider Akshay and I also thought it would be nice. I narrated the story to him and he said yes,” added the director.

Under the Lyca production house the big budget movie which becomes the highest chipped in movie of Indian Cinema till now, the producers Allirajah Subaskaran, K. Karunamoorthy invested Rs 543 crores overall for this technologically oriented fiction.

Well, we loved Akshay in that obstructive role, what do you say folks… share your thoughts through your comments.

Published by Shifa Naz on 29 Nov 2018

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