Known for playing villains and terrorists in numerous films and television series (and often mixed up with his North American doppelganger Billy Zane), South African-born actor Arnold Vosloo was an aw...
Kim Basinger is set to join the cast of hit drama 24 after confessing to star Kiefer Sutherland that she's a huge fan.
Basinger has just played opposite Sutherland in thriller The Sentinel and is now considering joining the cast of his TV series for its next season.
She says, "I love that show. That would be cool." Sutherland admits he's delighted at the thought of Basinger becoming a regular: "I'm gonna hold her to that."
If she signs up for a guest spot, Basinger won't be the only movie star to appear in 24 - Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin, Julian Sands and The Mummy villain Arnold Vosloo have joined the cast in the past.
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"We do not want to wake the gods " warns one unscrupulous henchman while raiding the tomb of the Scorpion King (The Rock) an ancient Egyptian warrior frozen in time after promising his soul to the god Anubis. Too late. The henchman's employees led by the reincarnation of Imhotep's beloved Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez) bring Imhotep back to life eight years after adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) vanquished him. The plan: use Imhotep to overthrow an awakened Scorpion King for the right to rule the world. O'Connell and now-wife Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) step in to save the day and things get personal when Imhotep kidnaps their son Alex (Freddie Boath) who possesses a bracelet that serves as a map to the Scorpion King's lair. A contrived distracting and redundant connection between our heroes and their adversaries that dates back 3 000 years further complicates matters.
Fraser once again struts through dark and musty pyramids with all the confidence of a younger though less dashing Indiana Jones. Weisz grappling with an Evelyn now inexplicably redefined as Cleopatra on steroids throws a mean punch. John Hannah returning as Evelyn's ne'er-do-well brother merely bickers with Boath. Throwing Boath into the mix is a bad idea: he's a precocious and irritating brat the kind you'd expect to have a catapult in his back pocket. Vosloo isn't particularly menacing. Maybe it's because Imhotep seems to be under the thumb of the exotic and hardly mysterious Anck-Su-Namun. As for The Rock it's too early to tell whether he'll be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger; the WWF bad boy spends his meager three minutes on screen glowering while slicing and dicing hordes of enemy soldiers which is much better than what he does now under Vince McMahon's watchful eye.
Everything about The Mummy Returns seems as old and musty as a pile of 3 000-year-old bandages. Writer-director Stephen Sommers introduces the Scorpion King via several hurried battle scenes. He shamelessly plunders the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark when reacquainting us with O'Connell's heroics and revives key scenes from The Mummy to establish Alex as his mother's son and to demonstrate Imhotep's powers. Even the visual effects look horribly rushed and phony. Still Sommers manages to mine great thrills out of an attack by the blowpipe-wielding pygmies who guard the Scorpion King and a dynamic chase through the streets of London with O'Connell and crew fleeing Imhotep's mummified minions on a No. 12 double-decker bus. Too bad Sommers botches the climax all but eliminating Imhotep from the final showdown with an atrociously computer-generated Scorpion King.
Breakout performance as the eponymous villain in "The Mummy"
Appeared as villain Habib Marwan in the entire fourth season of "24"
Known for playing villains and terrorists in numerous films and television series (and often mixed up with his North American doppelganger Billy Zane), South African-born actor Arnold Vosloo was an award-winning theatre actor in his native country prior to making a name for himself in America. He performed in plays throughout the '80s before moving to the States in the early '90s to pursue a film career. His breakthrough role came in the 1993 action-thriller, "Hard Target," directed by John Woo and starring Jean-Claude van Damme. Vosloo landed the role of Pik Van Clear, a murderous thug, after Woo saw him perform in a short-lived stage production of "Salome" on a New York Stage. Vosloo appeared as John the Baptist in the production, which was closed after a mere 18 performances. Yet it was enough for Vosloo to be discovered by Woo, who subsequently cast Vosloo in his upcoming action film. For Vosloo, it was the start of a decades-long career as one of Hollywood's go-to bad guys, which he would perfect in such films as "The Mummy" (1999) and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), as well as on the FOX action series, "24" (2001-2010).
Discovered by Director John Woo while acting in a play with Al Pacino
"Personally I think, that if you want to become an actor it's important to act on a theatre stage first before you perform for TV or in a movie. In my opinion acting is a kind of training you have to work for. Gradually I started filming in the U.S. and I was offered more and more better roles. With movies like "The Mummy" Hollywood producers noticed me and the roles grew bigger. This shows that I've done it right. " - from Moviestar Magazine
Is commonly mistaken for actor Billy Zane, with whom he shares a similar appearance