At least, this is how Schwarzenegger remembers it. In an interview with Empire, Schwarzenegger recounted how his “Total Recall” director did the production during a meeting that should have been a formality. “It was all pre-written and ready to go but then Paul started going crazy,” he said. “We had our last meeting with the studio and we’re all sitting at this boardroom table.” Executives have asked Verhoeven for assurances that he will not exceed a budget of $100 million. This sounds like a reasonable request, but, to Verhoeven, it was an insult. According to Schwarzenegger, Verhoeven went ballistic:
“‘There’s no such thing as a guarantee! Guarantees don’t happen and if anyone promises you guarantees, they’re lying! We didn’t even know that if you walked out of the building here, you would I can’t control God – I don’t even believe in God, why am I talking about God? But who that, naturally, could only rain for three months and then what are we supposed to do? How can I guarantee you? This is ridiculous!'”
Schwarzenegger kicked Verhoeven under the table, hoping to shut him up, but the Dutch master was unmoved. The “Crusade” died that day.
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