We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the actor and politician that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: His Accent Was Too “German.” Despite the fact that Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, agents would tell him when he first came to the United States that his accent was too German. They also did not like his last name.
Number Seven: He Called $187,000 “Petty Cash.” When Schwarzenegger was elected to be the governor of California, he turned down the salary of $187,000 because it was “petty cash.” He went on to give his salary back for every year he was in office.
Number Six: His First Role Was as “Arnold Strong.” Schwarzenegger’s first role was as the lead in a movie titled Hercules in New York. In the film, Schwarzenegger plays a character named Arnold Strong who is bored in Olympus and decides to go to New York to find excitement and love.
Number Five: He Is a Golden Globe Winner. Schwarzenegger may be criticized for his acting skills, but he has also won many positive acting awards. Schwarzenegger received a Golden Globe for his role in Stay Hungry.
Number Four: He Was Not Supposed to Be The Terminator. In fact, Schwarzenegger was originally slated to play the original protagonist in the film. However, his decision to play the robotic terminator was clearly a good choice on his part.
Number Three: He Truly Is an Impressive Bodybuilder. It might not be much of a surprise, but Schwarzenegger’s career in bodybuilding is truly remarkable. He has won 13 major flexing competitions and has been called “the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world” by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Number Two: He Saved Lives. Schwarzenegger was on vacation when he noticed a man was cramping up in the ocean. He then brought the man to shore, pulling him over 100 yards to safety.
Number One: A Movie Predicted His Future. In the film Demolition Man, Sandra Bullock’s character says that the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library is an amendment that allows him to run for President. Schwarzenegger was in office 10 years later.