Arnold Schwarzenegger premieres The Last Stand in London

Arnold Schwarzenegger jetted into icy London this week for the premiere of his latest action thriller The Last Stand, his biggest film debut since leaving the California governor's office.

Speaking on the red carpet, Arnie said: "It's great, I mean I'm glad to be here and it's always nice when you see so many people turning out, especially when it's freezing cold and you have these people stand out here for hours and hours. That's how dedicated the British fans are.”

The film is the 65-year-old action icon's first starring role since Terminator 3 almost a decade ago.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Andrew Knauer "The Last Stand" also stars Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander.

"I play deputy Sarah Torrance and she's a headstrong, straight-laced law enforcement agent," explained Alexander.

The actress said she didn't mind being on set surrounded by men: "For me I'm so used to it with Thor and all the things that I've done, and it's predominantly a male cast, so I, it was like being with my four brothers back home in Texas."

Jackass actor Johnny Knoxville was also in town to promote the film.

"It's a big action film with Arnold Schwarzenegger and that's all you need to know," he said.

"I was so excited to work with Arnold on this." he added. "I'm a bigger fan now after working with him."

Audiences will be seeing more of Schwarzenegger in the near future, the actor has completed two additional films and has a couple of others in the pipeline.

  • The Last Stand is released in the UK on January 24.