YouTube channel Film Riot regularly posts “Monday Challenges,” in which they give filmmakers a particular assignment (Create a two-minute suspense scene, for example) and challenge them to post their best. In response to another challenge of theirs, director Ben Hess remade a scene from Terminator 2, but with a secret weapon: Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s son, Joseph Baena. As it’s a non-dialogue scene, it’s hard to tell how Baena is as an actor, but it’s easy to tell–despite his last name–where he gets his looks. That’s a jaw that will drive enemies before him and make the women lament.
Hess has posted two versions: one for the challenge, that uses legally cleared music (above) and another (here) which uses the movie’s choice of tunes, George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone,” which, since 1991, has become the go-to tune for every filmmaker whose name might as well be Captain Obvious.
If he can in fact act, Baena, whose mother is Schwarzenegger’s former housekeeper Mildred Baena, might have a decent future ahead of him, as his physical presence onscreen is imposing. If nothing else, he can probably be a professional Ahnuld imitator when he’s a bit older. And am I alone in thinking Son of Commando is something that should happen? Fine. I’ll be a proud loner.
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Featured image: YouTube/Ben Hess