Throughout Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, the action star turned governor of California has always entertained us, even if it wasn’t always intentional. Whether his publicist likes it or not, he’s always remained candid and a bit too honest with people, but that’s what adds to that likability factor, aside from the fact that he’s the number one most impersonated actors on the planet. On Tuesday, Arnold took his personality to new heights when he returned for his second Reddit AMA chat.
As part of his introduction the man most known for his roles in action films like Terminator, True Lies, and Total Recall, introduced the purpose of his Reddit AMA and didn’t mince his words when he told fellow users that he wanted to “hear some crazy” questions this time around. Being frank for the free-for-all attitude of the general Reddit user, Arnold stated that he’s not taking part in the chat to promote a movie, so he wasn’t coming with any agenda, even though he is raising money for “After-School-All-Stars.”
Those Reddit users that donated would spend an afternoon with Schwarzenegger as he promised to smoke cigars, work out, and “whatever else.” With that introduction there was bound to be a few memorable moments to follow. Here’s the five highlights from Arnold’s afternoon with Reddit.
1. Schwarzenegger on bowel movements while filming Predator:
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.
2. On his more feminine sides:
The Terminator paints his own Christmas cards and he participated in Reddit’s secret santa, because he’s the busiest man in show business and still believes that spreading holiday cheer is awesome.
“I like to paint. I paint all of my Christmas cards. I also drew a cat for my Reddit secret santa, but I can’t find the link quickly.”
3. On working out tips:
Dumbbells are better than barbells for your delts. First, the Arnold Press. Start with a weight you can do 6 times. After 6, pick the next weight down. Work down the rack and do at least five sets. No rest, because picking up the lighter weight should be easy. Once you finish that, do lateral raises the same way. When I did this, I couldn’t move my arms after, but it works.
4. On escaping death twice:
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.
5. OJ Simpson was almost the Terminator:
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 [Cameron] 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.