Schwarzenegger did neither, and he did just fine in the first movie.
I think Arni was pretty Frazettaish… The main difference between him and the book Conan is the hair- he should've had a “square cut, straight, black mane”.
Thank goodness he didn't though, that would've looked shit. :)
I think Arni has grey eyes too… should've been “volcanic blue”… buuut
in the end the first movie was pretty amazing whatever it had or didn't have.
These days where you have a lot more intricate and easy control over that sort of thing though you'd expect them to be more accurate.
RE- the comics… I dunno man, I've never read them. I know that for the first film, part of the reason it got made at all was that the comic series had kept the Conan name alive and popular, while the original stories had started to fade into history. But for the film itself they just went back and re-read all the Howard stories and based the look on Frazzetta art rather than using the comics for anything.
-For the second film (Destroyer)… I dunno. THAT
seemed more comicy, though I know exactly what original Howard stories they took a lot of it from, including at least one King Kull story (Mirrors of Tuzun Thune- the ice castle in the film)
For this new film…Is it using the comics or the original stories?