Arnold Schwarzenegger

January 21, 2014

IamArnold. AMA 2.0.

You know I love you guys, so I'm back. I want to hear some crazy questions this time - don't be soft reddit.

I'm not here to promote a movie or anything today, but I am raising money for After-School All-Stars. When you guys help provide these kids with health and leadership education, I will match your donations (I'm asking you to make me spend my money). You'll earn the chance to fly to LA from anywhere in the world to ride a tank and crush things together. We'll spend a whole afternoon so we can also work out (on the tank), smoke cigars (on the tank), and whatever else. Go here to enter link!

Edit: Proof:

Edit 2: I need to get going for now, but I'm no stranger here. You might say... I'll be back. Thanks for another great time. Please donate and enter the fundraiser.

Edit 3: I broke a rule at r/AskReddit and they took the "what should I crush" question down. Please answer on this comment. Thanks!

Would you ever hang out with Snoop Lion if he asked?

I think he is great. We've done a show together before, and he was hilarious.

Huh, I guess you must have told us last time that you'd be back.


Of all the things you are famous for, which are you most proud of?

Which are you least proud of?

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.

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

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

Really simple question: How are you doing today?

Fantastic. Can't complain! Thank you.

What is nearest you have ever been to death?

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.


I signed the bill because it was the right thing to do.

The only displeasure we heard was from the Turkish government. Interestingly, a year later, I was at a UN Conference getting an award for environmental work and I was seated next to the Turkish Ambassador. He was very complimentary and there was no mention of the legislation!

Did you really mix your protein with whiskey sometimes like you said in a 1977 interview?

No, I used schnapps. But yes, I did mix alcohol in to some of my protein drinks.

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

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.

What do you usually eat on your "cheat day"?

Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, ice cream. You really can't go wrong with Austrian food when you want to indulge.

Hi Arnold. Thanks for coming back.

I just want to mention that we have an opening for a full-time position on our community team.

We offer competitive salary and benefits, and one of our perks includes up to $500 reimbursable per year for gym memberships to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Under certain circumstances, you would also be authorized to wield the banhammer, although we have been especially impressed with your ability to resolve conflicts with well-chosen words.

We feel you would make a great addition to the team, and encourage you to apply for the position.

That's more than I made as Governor. I'm in!

How do you feel about this photo?


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!

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.

Please... please record yourself saying "Come with me if you want to lift"


Smoking a cigar, on a tank, with Arnold is possibly the manliest thing anyone will ever do.

No question. I love to drive the tank, so letting a fan be part of it is fantastic for me.

What is coming to Bud light in February? I do not want to wait.

I had a great time filming that. But you'll have to wait for the Super Bowl.

But, I have noticed lately people love to put me in disguises. You obviously saw the Bjorn Borg look. But I also made this video with reddit in mind, so I might as well put it out now. I play Howard, Gold's Gym field manager:

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

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

I also drew a cat for my Reddit secret santa, but I can't find the link quickly.

Here's the secret Santa, lucky woman...


Hey Arnold, I met you at the UN a few years ago, you walked up to me and said "How you doing?" and I was immediately frozen in place.

Anyways, what is your favorite cigar?

Great to meet you. Right now I'm smoking a Partagas Series P No. 1.

Hey Arnold, what's the story behind this picture?

I was in Cannes to promote Pumping Iron during the film festival. I did outrageous photo-ops all over. I thought throwing the law enforcement guys off the boat was a great one.

And I saw the photoshop battles. You guys are hilarious.

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?

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.

Painted a picture of you in my gym, had a pretty good response off the Reddit community, What do you think?

Direct link

For anyone that's interested here's a album of the build of my gym and a few more pictures of the painting

That's really great. Thank you for sharing.

Hello Mr. Schwarzenegger!

I'm such a huge fan of your work (& thank you so much for it)

My question is: How do you feel about Women pursuing bodybuilding? (both competitively and non-competitively)

Sending you lots of love from the U.K. ❤

I love it. I always support women doing exactly the same sports as men, including bodybuilding. I have always supported women lifting weights and female bodybuilding. I think people have too many misconceptions about that. Lifting is so important.

As a matter of fact, George Snyder and I organized the first Ms. Olympia (in Pennsylvania) and then I continued to support it and organize at my events in Columbus.

Hey Arnold, long time fan. Couple of questions:

1) How do you like having your own range of supplements? Have you been using them? If I take them will I be able to kill Predator?

2) I feel like my deltoids are really lacking. Any particular dumbbell exercises you feel really work for you on the deltoids? (I only have access to dumbbells)

EDIT: You guys think I should try Arnold press. Don't steal Arnold's thunder.

EDIT 2: Arnold responded to me. I will now die a happy man.

  1. It is fantastic to have my own line. It's something I waited a long time to do and I'm happy to have them formulated with what I consider the best ingredients to recover and rest. I don't know if you could beat the predator, but you could set a few new records for yourself. And yes, I take them.
  2. Perfect. 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.

Warum hast du dich in den deutschen Versionen deiner Filme nie selbst synchronisiert? / Why didn't you dub yourself in the German versions of your movies?

Sometimes I was doing 2 or 3 movies a year, and it was hard to get the timing right to sit in the studio and do the looping. So it was just easier to have someone who has a similar voice do it.

I did do a scene in German in Escape Plan, though.

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 Cumpleaños 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.

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


Your films got me through chemo dude. I was 12, I had non Hodgkin's lymphoma. I used to watch your movies religiously after my dad got me into them. I saw you as the chemo and the bad guys in the movies as the cancer. You always won and it made me feel good, coz in my head, you were kicking my lymphomas ass! Even the funny ones like Kindergarten Cop or Twins... It was my way of dealing with it all. I have seen every single one of your movies and documentaries. You are kind of a big deal in my family. Thanks for being awesome and making sweet films. I hope to meet you some day. It's on my bucket list! I don't have any questions. I'm just kinda stoked you might see this. Nothing but luv dude. From South London UK

Thanks. This needed a handwritten response:

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Apparently I broke a rule at r/AskReddit. That's ok, because one of my life rules is actually "Break some rules." I am reposting this here and asking for your ideas. Bring it on. And don't worry, I got the message about the bubble wrap before it was removed.

A while ago I asked Reddit for help raising money for my fundraiser to ride my tank with me to raise money for After-School All-Stars (, and the top video people wanted me to film was "Will it crush?" (

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Arnold Schwarzenegger conducted on Reddit on 2014-01-21. The Reddit AMA can be found here.