If Arnold Schwarzenegger follows a personal motto, it must be “Go big or go home!” The Austrian-born celebrity went from being an ambitious small-town boy to one of the most famous bodybuilding champions in the world, but he didn’t stop there. Arnold is also a successful Hollywood actor, having worked on more than 60 films like The Terminator, True Lies, and The 6th Day. He even became the Governor of California, an impressive feat for a man with such humble beginnings. We’ve rounded up 10 interesting facts that you might not know about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
10. He Created The Terminator
One of Arnold’s most iconic characters is that of the Terminator, but it was a role he had to push for as he wasn’t originally considered for the part. James Cameron, the film’s director, wanted to cast Arnold in the role of Kyle Reese, but the actor requested that he play the part of the Machine. “No, no! Reese is the star! He’s the big hero! The Terminator hardly has any lines!” Cameron exclaimed. Arnold merely replied, “Trust me.” Cameron did, and it became a surprising success at the box office, even though Arnold only spoke 74 words throughout the entire film. The actor went on to play the role in the series’ later installments.Everett Collection