Hollywood hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger will host an upcoming TV special
about the top 100 heroes and villains of the screen - having played both good
and evil robots in the Terminator films.
An AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) poll asked voters to choose among 400
nominated characters from US cinema history, and decide which should be
considered wicked or virtuous.
Schwarzenegger's T-800 killer robot is nominated twice, once for the
attacking character he played in 1984's original THE TERMINATOR, and again for
1991's TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, in which the android he portrayed was a
The show is scheduled for 3 June (03) on TV network CBS and will feature
interviews with actors including Kirk Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates,
Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Reeve.
AFI has sent ballots to nearly 1,500 directors, actors, studio executives,
critics and others in the entertainment industry.
Some characters are nominated en masse, such as the zombies from 1968's
Night of the Living Dead and The Wild Bunch cowboys from director SAM
PECKINPAH's 1969 western.
Previous AFI lists included the 100 best American films, led by CITIZEN
KANE and the 100 funniest movies, with Some Like It Hot bagging the top spot.