When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hears the word "Cut!" these days, it is generally coming from his own mouth, in reference to state expenditures.
Soon he could also hear it uttered by Sylvester Stallone, who is luring the governor back to the big screen in an action picture, "The Expendables," in which the governor is expected to play himself.
Mr. Schwarzenegger's spokesman would not comment on whether he would be paid, but the State of California will not benefit much. The governor's scene will be shot in Los Angeles, but the rest of the film will be made in Brazil and Louisiana, according to Mr. Stallone's spokeswoman, Michelle Bega.
As part of California's new budget, lawmakers passed a tax incentive for filmmakers to keep productions in the state. Mr. Schwarzenegger was an enthusiastic backer, insisting the problem of runaway production had too long been ignored by Hollywood and Sacramento.