See the Cast of ‘True Lies’ Then and Now
James Cameron‘s 1994 action comedy film ‘True Lies’ starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Trasker, a man leading a double life: at home he is a boring computer salesman to his wife and daughter, but in reality he’s an agent for the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism task force. With his work distracting him from his home life and his wife flirting with another man, Harry’s faced with his most dangerous mission yet. This year marks the film’s 20th anniversary, so join us for a look back at the cast of this hit film and see what they’re up to now.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Trasker
Then: Arnold Schwarzenegger, action icon and star of classics like ‘Predator’ and ‘Total Recall,’ reunited with James Cameron, director of the ‘Terminator’ films, for ‘True Lies,’ in which Arnie played Harry Trasker, a man leading a double life as a computer salesman and a government agent.
Now: Schwarzenegger reprised his role as the Terminator in ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ in 2003, and then took some time off from acting to be the governor of California. In 2011, when his time in office was up, Schwarzenegger returned to acting with full force. He’s since appeared in the films ‘The Expendables 2,’ ‘The Last Stand,’ and ‘Escape Plan,’ and can be seen in the upcoming films ‘Sabotage’ and ‘The Expendables 3.’
Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Trasker
Then: Jamie Lee Curtis, famous for playing Laurie Strode in the ‘Halloween’ films, played Helen Trasker, Harry’s simple wife who flirts with another man and gets Harry thinking that maybe he needs to pay more attention to his home life.
Now: Curtis reprised the role of Laurie Strode in ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ in 1998 and ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ in 2002, when the original series ended its run. She’s also appeared in the films ‘Christmas with the Kranks,’ ‘You Again,’ and the recent ‘From Up on Poppy Hill.’ She’s recently guest-starred on ‘New Girl’ as Zooey Deschanel’s mother, and can be seen next in the upcoming ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.
Tom Arnold, Albert Mike Gibson
Then: Tom Arnold played Albert Mike Gibson, Harry’s partner. Arnold was previously known as a comedian, and had gotten his start writing on ‘Roseanne,’ where he also appeared on some episodes and began a notorious relationship with the show’s star, Roseanne Barr. In 1994, Arnold was just making more of a name for himself, and had a short-lived television series of his own that year called ‘Tom.’
Now: Arnold went on to appear in films like ‘Nine Months,’ ‘The Stupids,’ and ‘McHale’s Navy,’ and gave it another go with television in 1997 with the series ‘The Tom Show,’ which was canceled in 1998. As the years progressed, Arnold started experimenting with more serious roles in indie films like ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘Good Dick.’ He’s appeared in the recent films ‘Madea’s Witness Protection,’ ‘Jewtopia,’ and ‘Hit and Run,’ and in 2012 he participated in the Comedy Central Roast of his ex-wife, Roseanne Barr.
Bill Paxton, Simon
Then: Bill Paxton played Simon, a sleazy car salesman posing as a spy to try and seduce Helen — when Harry finds out, he scares Simon off the way only a real spy can. This wasn’t Paxton’s first film with Schwarzenegger: the actor had a minor role as a punk in ‘The Terminator’ way back in 1984, and he played an intercept officer in ‘Commando’ in 1985.
Now: Paxton went on to land starring roles in major films like ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Twister,’ ‘Titanic,’ and ‘A Simple Plan.’ In 2006, he landed the role of patriarch Bill Henrickson on the HBO series ‘Big Love,’ which ran until 2011. More recently, you’ve probably seen him in the films ‘Haywire’ or ’2 Guns,’ and he can be seen next in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ with Tom Cruise and ‘Million Dollar Arm’ with Jon Hamm. He also has a four-episode arc this year on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Tia Carrere, Juno Skinner
Then: Tia Carerre played Juno Skinner, a beautiful antiques dealer whom Harry suspects of having ties with a terrorist cell. Carrere was known best for playing Cassandra Wong in the ‘Wayne’s World’ films.
Now: Carrere rounded out the 90s with parts in ‘Jury Duty,’ ‘High School High,’ ‘Kull the Conqueror,’ and a starring role on the Canadian television series ‘Relic Hunter,’ which ran from 1999 to 2002. She was the voice of Nani in the ‘Lilo and Stitch’ movies and television series, and has appeared on ‘The O.C.,’ ‘Nip/Tuck,’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ In 2012 she competed on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’ and she appears in the recent Lifetime movie ‘Taken for Ransom.’
Art Malik, Salim Abu Aziz
Then: Art Malik portrayed Salim Abu Aziz, the leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization that Harry is trying to capture throughout the film. Malik was previously known for his role on the TV series ‘Hothouse.’
Now: Malik went on to land roles in several BBC series like ‘Unfinished Business,’ ‘Life Support,’ and ‘Holby City.’ He’s appeared in the films ‘The Wolfman,’ ‘Sex and the City 2,’ and ‘John Carter,’ and currently stars on the long-running and very popular European series ‘Borgia,’ which is available on Netflix Instant.
Eliza Dushku, Dana Trasker
Then: One of Eliza Dushku’s first major roles was in ‘True Lies’ as Harry’s daughter Dana, who believes her father to be just a boring computer salesman. Dushku had also appeared in the films ‘That Night’ and ‘This Boy’s Life.’
Now: In 1998, Dushku landed a role on the TV series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ as the cynical, dark slayer Faith, and two years after that she hit it even bigger with a role in the cheerleader comedy ‘Bring It On’ with Kirsten Dunst. Since then, she’s led two failed TV series (‘Tru Calling,’ ‘Dollhouse’) and appeared in the films ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ ‘The New Guy,’ ‘Wrong Turn,’ and ‘Bottle Shock.’ Recently she directed the 2012 documentary ‘Dear Albania,’ and appears in the upcoming film ‘The Scribbler.’