Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be telling Taiwan’s Kaohsiung ‘I’ll be back’

Plans for visit suspended due to cost and scale concerns: city government

Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be coming to Kaohsiung after all.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be coming to Kaohsiung after all. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Residents of Kaohsiung will not hear Hollywood action star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger deliver his trademark phrase “I’ll be back” this month, since a long-rumored visit will not take place after all.

Just before taking office last December, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) spread the news that a major Hollywood star would visit the southern port city in March.

As the environment and sustainable development were supposed to be the themes for the visit, initial attention had focused on Leonardo di Caprio, but Han’s team later named Schwarzenegger as the visitor.

A city government spokeswoman said Thursday that the plan to invite him had been “temporarily suspended” due to considerations related to the cost and scale of the event, the Apple Daily reported.

As the expected date for his visit had approached, more fans and members of the public had been pressing the city government for details, leading another city official to say Thursday morning that the organization was in the hands of public relations bureaus. The city’s news department later said it was in charge and had advised the mayor not to go ahead with the event, the Apple Daily reported.

The “Terminator” star had been expected to deliver a speech about “The Movie Business and the New World Politics.” An earlier statement by Han that he wanted to bring Disneyland to Kaohsiung also proved unrealistic, reports said.