The first true comedy for the action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in “Twins” in 1998 opposite Danny DeVito, who’d already established himself as a comic superstar on both television (“Taxi”) and on the big screen (“Throw Mama From the Train”). Putting his size and strength to good use, Arnold was the polar opposite of the diminutive DeVito, which perfectly served the film’s preposterous premise. A big hit in theaters, the off-color dark comedy classic was directed by Ivan Reitman and also starred Kelly Preston and Zoe Webb.
Schwarzenegger stars in the film as Jules Benedict, the model of a man physically, mentally, and even morally. Raised on an isolated island, Jules learns that he was the product of a scientific experiment to create the perfect human specimen, but as part of his creation, a fraternal brother was born, who was his exact opposite in every way. Enter Danny DeVito as Vincent Benedict, a slimy, snarky, and morally dubious petty criminal, who Jules sets out to reunite with. Though Vincent at first tries to use Jules to help him in his schemes, they soon form an unlikely brotherly bond and set out to discover the truth of their origins.
Though there’s some fun action and a story with real heart, the true appeal of “Twins” is the perfect chemistry between Schwarzenegger and DeVito, one of the era’s most underrated comic duos. The pair would reunite nearly a decade later on the spiritual successor, “Junior,” while a true sequel, with the inspired title “Triplets” has been long in development.