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Read Me Now and Understand Me Later: The 9 Most Interesting Answers From Arnold Schwarzenegger's AMA

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | January 21, 2014 | Comments ()


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The Governator’s trip to reddit isn’t to promote a movie. It’s to raise money, through donations and Schwarzenegger’s matching contributions, and awareness for After-School All-Stars. Anyone who donates money can enter to win a trip to LA to hang out with Schwarzenegger and ride in a tank.

1. I remember hearing that James Cameron did not originally want you for the role of the terminator. But then you guys went for lunch and he changed his mind. If this is true what did you say or do to convince him you were right for the role? Huge fan by the way!

Ahnald: Actually, the story is a little different. I wanted the role of Kyle Reese when we went to lunch. I did not want to be the Terminator. I didn’t think I had established myself yet enough as a hero to be a villain. When I started in Hollywood, all they offered was villains. So I wanted to really establish myself first.

But I told Jim some of my ideas about how the Terminator should train (not looking while loading weapons, not blinking, no emotions. I said the guy had to train blindfolded.) The Terminator, by the way, at that time, was O.J. Simpson.

Jim told me I had to do it. He was right.

2. What is nearest you have ever been to death?

Ahnald: I have two from movies.
On The 6th Day, there was a scene where I hide underwater behind embryos. I did a rehearsal with goggles and everything went fine. But when we actually shot, I couldn’t see because the water was milky. So I ran out of air and went to the top and realized I didn’t know where to get out. I was trapped. Then a hand grabbed me and pulled me out. It was my stunt double, Billy Lucas. He’d been watching from below with a tank and goggles and realized I was in big, big trouble.

On True Lies, you probably remember the horse scene. There was a shot where the horse had to stop at the edge of a building. They built a little ramp to give the horse longer to stop. But when they were measuring the new distance from the ramp to the camera, they dropped the arm of the camera on the horse’s nose, and it went crazy, spinning and rearing. There was no rail, and the ramp was only 4 feet wide. I realized it was a bad situation and I slid off the horse right away and a stunt man grabbed me. That one was really scary. If the horse stepped a foot the wrong way, we would have fallen 90 feet to a cement floor.

These stories are why I will always love stunt people.

3. Of all the things you are famous for, which are you most proud of? Which are you least proud of?

Ahnald: I’m most proud that I was smart enough to immigrate to the greatest country in the world where I could accomplish all of my dreams.

I’m least proud of the mistakes I made that caused my family pain and split us up.

4. You’re Conan the barbarian, Mr. Olympia, the fucking Terminator. But I want to know: what is the most feminine part of you?

Ahnald: Besides Junior? I like to paint. I paint all of my Christmas cards.

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I also drew a cat for my Reddit secret santa, but I can’t find the link quickly. (A redditor found the picture.)

5. Please… please record yourself saying “Come with me if you want to lift” I swear I will spend my last Dogecoins on donating to your cause

6. Did the Predator ever make you shit yourself? It did for me when I was younger

Ahnald: Not because of the predator. But during the shooting of the movie, I got really sick in Puerto Vallerta.

I will spare you the details, but while I was on a run, the runs hit. I ran to the side of the road and some cars driving by got quite the show.

7. I know this will probably be buried… My grandmother is a HUGE fan of you. She lives in Venezuela and due to the situation with the government there, doesn’t get a chance to come visit often. But when she does all she wants to do is stay at home watching your movies. She doesn’t speak English, so whenever I ask her what she’s watching, she just looks at me and says “Arnold”. When I ask her what’s going on in the movie she simply responds with “Arnold is kicking some guys ass”. She absolutely loves you and her birthday is coming up soon. I wanted to ask you if you could just simply write on a piece of paper “Feliz CumpleaƱos Anriett Merjech” and take a picture. It would mean the absolute world to me and to my grandmother! She’s getting old and I really know she would appreciate it. You have no idea what this would mean for her!! I hope you get to see this, if not, then I just wanted to thank you for all the laughs, gasps, and hilarious cursing I have been able to share with her through your movies.

Ahnald: Here you go. Tell her thanks for being a fan!

8. Did Andre the Giant really pick you up and carry you back to a table when you tried to pick up the cheque?

Ahnald: Yes, he picked me up. But he set me on a car outside.

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9. So, you’re a big guy and an action movie star, but when was the last time you were in an actual physical confrontation? Not that you would promote violence or anything, but shit happens, right? Did you win the fight?

Ahnald: A few months ago, I got rear-ended by this guy. He took off, and I chased him. I will admit I drove at a slightly excessive speed. I cut him off, and two guys jumped out of the car looking tough. But when they saw me, they just said, “Oh shit! The terminator!” They were nice, and gave me their information.


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  • muscleman

    I love the man.
    When I was 17, I was a troubled kid going down the wrong road. One night, I saw "The Terminator" on late night cable, after that, I found my place in body-building. I won contests, I modeled, and people called me "Muscleman" and "The Terminator" everywhere I worked and played. I went to school and got my degree.
    Today, I am 45 and I still work out. People STILL call me "Muscleman" and I have little boys and young men stop me and talk about my muscles.
    I wish I could meet him, I would hug him and tell him how he got me on the right road and inspired me to have a wonderful life.
    "Thank You Mr. S., because of you, I have all of this."

  • crispin

    When he said, "I did a rehearsal with goggles..." did anyone else hear in their brain:

    "The goggles do nothing!!!!"

  • Zuffle

    Yes. Yes indeed I did. But I hear a Simpsons quote in my head about ten times a day, so...

  • Kate

    Nope, sorry, can't like a man who sexually harasses women.

  • BWeaves

    Yes, he's charming and smart, but I agree with you.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Always gonna be my favorite "Movie Star". Like i don't give a fuck how bad his acting could be I loved all the movies that guy made when I was little.

  • Some Guy

    Ever since watching Pumping Iron for the first time, I've realized that Schwarzenegger, while a certainly imperfect person, is an incredibly intelligent and charming individual, so much that it really catches you by surprise.

    The way he played head games with a young Lou Ferrigno and the other competitors; the man was a born politician and is as entertaining as the best of them.

    And you know what? I watched The Last Stand the other day on Netflix, and honest to god it really wasn't that bad. He had a strong supporting cast, and it was as outlandish and mind numbingly entertaining as any of his best stuff from the late 80s/early 90s. It was encouraging to see because so much of what he does is crap nowadays.

  • It's physically impossible to not feel an upsurge of pure joy every time that Andre/Arnold/Wilt photo crops up. Wilt and Andre making Arnold look like the Merriest Little Munchkin is just priceless.

  • llp

    Dammit, that is pretty charming.

  • Uriah_Creep

    A few months ago, I got rear-ended by this guy.

    Can you imagine rear ending the Governator?

    OK, that may be taken the wrong way.

  • Melissa D

    I am incapable of reading that without hearing Ahnold say it all.

  • Aaron Schulz

    He can obviously be a giant asshole, but god damn does he just seem lovable and fun.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I've never had much of an opinion on Arnold one way or the other, but that Christmas card is freaking adorable!

  • Strand

    I thought he was a giant meathead for decades until I saw him give a little talk at his old school and politics aside, you can't help but admire him. Dude busted his balls (heh) bodybuilding in Austria, came to the USA poor as shit, studied economics at community college, crawled his way up Hollywood, eventually parlayed that into politics. Shame about his groping all those women though.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I assumed he had some level of notoriety before coming stateside, but damn, good for him. Now I see him as a lovable lunk with some questionable politics and fidelity issues, but still: lovable!

  • I do tend to forget how candid he can be. And I gotta say, it was nice that he did acknowledge his recent problems.

    He makes it really damn hard to dislike him for very long, doesn't he?

  • OJ as the Terminator.

    The mind reels.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Goddamn Austrian immigrants! Stealing decent people's jobs and invading other countries!

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i really feel like i read somewhere that another reason they didn't cast OJ was because they didn't see him as the kind of guy who would kill people.

  • Snath

    I will always love him.

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