If Sylvester Stallone could do well enough to make his television debut at age 76 and earn a Critics Choice nomination for Tulsa King, Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't be far behind. Although he never mentioned that emulating his old friend and rival was one of the reasons for joining a proposal destined for the small screen, the truth is that this week the series Fubar has arrived on Netflix, a comedy of action that has him as the absolute protagonist, not bad considering that the former governor of California will be 76 years old in July.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, bodybuilder, writer and politician admitted that the new proposal is inspired by the successful Mentiras arriesgadas, the film he starred in in 1994 for James Cameron when he was one of the main stars of Hollywood. While the legendary director created his own television adaptation of this story, recently released with Steve Howey of Shameless as the protagonist, with such poor results that it was canceled after the first season, in the case of Fubar the connection was limited to imitating the style.
"David Ellison came to see me with the proposal that we make a television series", Arnold revealed in this interview and explained: "I told him yes, but that it had to be something in which I could use all my talents That it had to be fun, have a lot of action and also a touch of sweetness. I also asked him not to hide my age. After a while he came back with the idea of doing something in the style of Mentiras arriesgadas. In English, the title FUBAR is an acronym for Fucked up beyond all repair, which could be translated as "fucked up beyond all repair".
The series revolves around Luke Brunner (Schwarzenegger), a CIA agent whose time has finally come to retire, something he's been waiting for a long time but his bosses aren't excited about. This is due to the fact that Brunner is simply brilliant in every mission, never losing his cool even in the worst circumstances and with so many years of experience, he has befriended all the bad guys, who never suspected of his true identity. Luke is so good at fooling everyone that he's done the same to his estranged wife and adult daughter Emma, played by the up-and-coming Monica Barbaro, who became world famous thanks to in Top Gun: Maverick.
During a dangerous mission in Colombia, which is officially his last and in which he has to negotiate with Boro (Gabriel Luna), the son of a dangerous drug trafficker who has died in mysterious circumstances, father and daughter find themselves in the jungle. She learns that he is the best CIA agent that everyone is talking about and no one has seen, and that his daughter has followed in his footsteps and is an efficient field agent in the same organization. Despite mutual recriminations, when they return to the United States after being miraculously saved, father and daughter are informed by their bosses that they will have to continue working together on another mission.