For a long time, Arnold Schwarzenegger has conquered the screens, amazed the world with his muscular body, and even tried his hand at politics.
Although this Austrian actor left the movie production industry for a while to focus on political leadership as the Governor of California, he remained true to his most popular words, “I will be back.”
Arnold is a renowned American actor. Apart from this, he’s also a model, director, producer, activist, investor, politician, businessman, philanthropist, writer, and professional bodybuilder. He was born on July 30, 1947, in Austria.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a huge figure of the 20th and 21st century. Most of his movies became trendy classics and his private life, becoming California’s Governor, was so inspiring. In fact, Schwarzenegger represented the American dream and even proved that anyone from anywhere, no matter their situation, can attain incredible things.
He is considered the most famous action icon of the Hollywood from the breakthrough; movie sword-and-sorcery and Conan the Barbarian. He’s known all over the world as The Terminator actor.
While you have watched Schwarzenegger’s great acting skills on the screen for many years and read about him in newspapers, there are possibly some things you do not know about him.
Many people have a great interest in him. In this post, we will provide some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the Terminator.
1. Narrow Escape
In the scene in ‘The 6th Day’ (2000), he was to remain underwater when there’s a massive explosion above. During the rehearsal, he didn’t have any trouble but, during the shoot of the film scene the water got very milky.
He could not see well and ran out of the air as well. Unfortunately, he got trapped in between massive flames when he swam up. Finally, his stunt double Billy Lucas managed to save him with goggles and a tank.
2. His Bodybuilding Record
Arnold went to extensive lengths to become the most popular bodybuilder we know nowadays. At the age of 13, he started bodybuilding, and would frequently break into a local gym during weekends only to train. In 1967, he was the winner of Mr. Universe bodybuilding contest, making him the youngest competitor to ever claim this title at twenty years old.
Later, he went on to win the title four more times. In 1970, he also won the title of Mr. Olympia at the age of 23 and broke a record for the youngest champion. In fact, he still holds the record up to date. Throughout the 1970s, he claimed the title six more times. Arnold has won the highest number of bodybuilding contests in history.
3. Dangerous Cycling!
In Dec 2001, he broke six ribs in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. He mentioned said that it was much more painful than the heart surgery he had in 1997 to replace the heart valve.
4. He Rescued A Swimmer
Playing all those heroic roles in different movies must have rubbed on Schwarzenegger when he managed to rescue a swimmer back in April 2004.
The former Californian Governor was on a vacation with his wife in Hawaii when he saw a man struggling roughly 100 yards away from the beach.
Schwarzenegger swam out into the water to help the swimmer, who later told the actor he had cramps throughout his body. Providing his assistance, Arnold towed the guy back to the shore on a boogie board. We’ve no doubt Schwarzenegger is an excellent swimmer!
5. He Turned Down Die Hard
Though it is difficult to imagine anybody else playing the role of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard, he could’ve been an extremely different character. Before Willis landed the role, Schwarzenegger was the first option for the role.
He rejected the role of a police officer in a 1988 film to feature in the movies: Twins and Red Heat. As a little bit of movie trivia, the film also makes a reference to Schwarzenegger when Willis’ character mentions that the terrorists “have enough explosives to orbit Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
6. He Went To Prison
When Arnold Schwarzenegger was eighteen years old, he was sent to jail in an Austrian prison for going AWOL. According to the Austrian law, the young guy had to serve one year of compulsory service in the military. He was very eager to attend the Junior Mr. Europe contest in Germany which he abandoned his military post.
Schwarzenegger won the contest, but he was sentenced to three days in the army prison for his actions. During his sentence there, the army chiefs became huge fans and built a makeshift gym for him to train. Even then, Schwarzenegger rejected to be held back from his dreams.
7. He Was The First To Own A Humvee
A heavy man like Arnold requires a vehicle with some space. So, it only makes sense that he went for something huge. The actor was the first person to own a civilian Humvee, also referred to as a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, in 1992.
Before this, this vehicle was only owned by the government military. Schwarzenegger drove his Hummer H1 to various places, including his movie premieres. The actor amassed different vehicles and converted one of them to hydrogen power to be more environmentally conscious.
But seeing the wider cultural shift to be more eco-conscious, he chose to auction off his whole Hummer collection in 2006.