The real reason Schwarzenegger didn't appear in Total Recall reboot

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Dec 17, 2012

Considering that his turn in the original Total Recall is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most iconic roles, it wouldn't have been too far-fetched to see him pop up in a cameo in the reboot. Director Len Wiseman had the same idea, but ultimately decided against it. But why?

Wiseman told Movieline that he actually wanted Ahnold to appear somewhere, but changed his mind because he thought it would feel cheap—and mess up the darker tone of the film:

"There was talk about it very early on, and the kind of teenager in me fan was very tempted by it. But the further we got into production on it, I just thought it would be too gimmicky. I wanted the movie to be its own movie."
Interestingly, Schwarzenegger's cameo wasn't the only one not to make the cut. Ethan Hawke actually shot some scenes for the remake, which all ended up on the cutting room floor. Hawke would've played Quaid (Colin Farrell) before his mind was wiped in a few brief scenes, but Wiseman nixed the idea due to pacing issues.

What do you think? Would you have liked to see Schwarzenegger pop up as a Rekall tech, or something?

(Via MovieLine)