Amid the much excitement and eager anticipation for the release of mega-budget Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0, filmmaker S Shankar on Saturday revealed that Akshay Kumar was not the first choice for the role of the villain. The shocking revelation comes a few days before the film release. Sankar said that he had approached the Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the antagonist in 2.0, but things did not work out and they had to finalise Akshay for the role.
The Thalaiva Rajinikanth is back in the Chitti avatar in the second part of the mega-hit Robot which was released in 2010.
"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. So we thought of looking at a good cast from the Indian film industry," Shankar said at a press conference.
The filmmaker even exclaimed that the Producers, Lyca, were already in talks with the Gold actor for a remake of a film titled Kathi in Hindi.
"Everyone told me to consider Akshay and I also thought it would be nice. I narrated the story to him and he said yes," the 2.0 filmmaker added.
Reports suggest that the big-budget film is slated to release in over 10,000 screens worldwide.
At the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar had shared, “I got to learn a lot of challenging things. Shankar is a scientist, not a director. I did make up for 3 hours and I took one hour to remove the makeup. I just saw myself on the screen, and it was unbelievable. I’m looking forward to seeing the film. I thank Shankar sir. It was worth the pain.”
The sequel to Enthiran (2010) was announced three years ago and after years of hard work, the magnum opus is finally slated to release on November 29. The VFX in 2.0 is at par with Hollywood standards and ever since the trailer was launched, the fans could not get over the magnanimity of the film.