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Arnie’s back, as good as his word
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Cannes, May 14 (Reuters): He promised “I’ll be back”.

True to his trademark sign-off, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in Terminator 3 and aims to use the glamour of the Cannes festival to get the publicity rolling.

Schwarzenegger is to be the star guest at a party held in French fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s space age Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace), nestled in the hills above the town.

“This is the ultimate party in Cannes,” boasted a spokeswoman for MTV music channel, joint hosts with Columbia Tristar of Saturday night’s bash.

Last year, Cardin’s house played host to James Bond with a party to mark the 40th anniversary of 007 on screen.

This time, it is the turn of the 55-year-old former body-builder once picked by the Guinness Book of Records for having the world’s most perfectly developed physique.

With the release of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger is hoping to regain the box office muscle he once commanded at the height of his career.

The Austrian reportedly earned $30 million to reprise his role as the unstoppable man-machine from the future. Schwarzenegger has confidently predicted Terminator 3 will make millions but the question everyone is asking in Cannes is — Will Arnie take the political plunge and run for California governor in 2006'

Speaking to the Hollywood trade paper Variety before Cannes, he said: “Of course I haven’t made a decision, otherwise I’d be out there running.”

Schwarzenegger may have famously promised to be back, at the end of the last Terminator film, but he has had a rough ride to the silver screen this time.

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