He may have played some of the most iconic tough guy roles in Hollywood history but Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed in a Q&A session on Reddit yesterday evening that he nearly didn't make it alive out of some of them.
When asked by Reddit user mcpetbri what was the nearest that he had ever been to death, the Governator replied:
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.
Can you imagine a world without Arnie? I don't know about you but I feel more comfortable knowing that the Austrian Oak is out there somewhere, smoking a fat cigar and saving us from time-travelling androids.