Today Arnold Schwarzenegger did a “Ask Me Anything” or “AMA” on Reddit as he delivered. If you know anything about Reddit then you are in for a treat. A AMA is a special opportunity for the average people crowd to be able to channel in on celebrities and ask them anything.
Here is the best of Arnold’s AMA from today. Below is every question that was asked that The Governator answered. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Best of Arnold Ask Me Anything
Q: 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?
A: 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.
Q: What is nearest you have ever been to death?
A: 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.
Q: Of all the things you are famous for, which are you most proud of?
Which are you least proud of?
A: 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.
Q: What do you usually eat on your “cheat day”?
A: Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, ice cream. You really can’t go wrong with Austrian food when you want to indulge.
Read the full AMA on Reddit right here.
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Did you know that Arnold has his own line of supplement now? This is his first time ever having his name endorsing a product line even though he’s been in the industry for over 30 years.