“If He Dies, He Dies”: Days After Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Horrifying Health Confession, Deepfake Rocky IV Pictures of Him Make Fans Lose Their Minds

Published 09/09/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the biggest action stars of the 1980s. During his prime from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Schwarzenegger was a reliable box office draw with iconic films under his belt. Sylvester Stallone was his biggest rival, and back then, the two couldn’t stand the sight of one another. However, by the end of the 1990s, a declining box office, coupled with heart issues, ended his first run in Hollywood.

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While Schwarzenegger stepped into politics, Stallone relegated himself to hand-picking his roles. Earlier, Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up about the difficulties he had with his multiple heart surgeries. However, amidst the updates, one fan asked, What if the box office rivals collaborated on Rocky IV? One of Sly’s most iconic films He even used deep-fake images of Arnie.

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On September 5, Brian Monarch posted a series of images on Instagram. The content creator specializes in using AI to face-swap various celebrities to recreate scenes from films. Often, he puts popular celebrities in films or shows they never starred in. One of his favorite celebrities to swap with is the Austrian Oak Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

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Monarch has face-swapped Arnie in a song from an Austin Powers film, but this time he face-swapped the Terminator actor with Dolf Lundgren in Rocky IV. In the fourth Rocky film, Lundgren played Ivan Drago, the intimidating Russian boxer and antagonist of the film. “@dolphlundgren was amazing in Rocky 4 w/ @officialslystallone!” Monarch wrote in the caption.

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“But who wants to see ‘what if?’ @schwarzenegger was cast?” added the content creator. While the accompanying images gave fans a good idea of how Arnie would square up against his box-office rival in the film, Monarch had another announcement. “Video coming soon,” he wrote. However, the images were enough to make fans lose their minds.

The hilarious fan reactions

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One fan imagined how Arnie would utter Lundgren’s words in his signature accent. “I can already hear ‘If he dies…he dies’ in Arnie’s voice,” said the fan. One fan said it would be fine as long as one of the songs from the iconic soundtrack remained. “As long it has the hearts on fire song,” the fan wrote. Another fan mixed two one-liners.

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“I’ll be back to break you,” wrote the fan, taking Arnie’s iconic “I’ll be back,” from The Terminator (1984) and Lundgrend’s “I must break you,” from Rocky IV. One fan said Arnie had already starred as a Russian. “It’s pretty much Red Heat,” wrote the fan. Meanwhile, another fan equated Arnie’s look with a legendary video game character. “Looks like duke nuke ‘em to me for some reason,” he commented.

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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