“So I Could Live”: 30 Years After Securing $378.9 Million Together, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Co-Star Confesses Life-Saving Gesture From Terminator

Published 08/19/2023, 1:58 AM EDT

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In the 1990s, Arnold Schwarzenegger was nearing the end of his box-office dominance. After starring in the phenomenon that was Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the bodybuilding icon starred in the disastrous The Last Action Hero (1993). However, James Cameron came to the rescue with True Lies (1994). The film grossed $378.9 million at the box office and introduced Arnold to a lifelong friend, Tom Arnold.

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The duo starred in the film as FBI agents and partners, and during filming, they became friends in reel and real life. However, unlike his seven-time Mr. Olympia-winning friend, Tom Arnold had a reckless lifestyle. Throughout the years, Tom Arnold’s health and weight oscillated until he had a stroke in 2021. It was a wake-up call, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was there to help him out.

Arnold Schwarzenegger acted as the link between him and fitness

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In a recent interview with Fox News, Arnie’s True Lies co-star opened up about his health scare. In mid-2021, the comedian felt something was wrong while playing with his kids in the bath. The 64-year-old said that while he was playing with his son, Jax (10), and daughter, Quinn (7), he had trouble with his vision. “It felt like my right eye, a curtain had come down,” Arnold said.

However, after a while, his vision faded. So the actor decided to see a doctor and found he had had a stroke. Although it was a mild stroke, it jolted the actor into action. Fortunately for him, Arnold Schwarzenegger was filming FUBAR for Netflix in 2021. Arnie wanted his friend to do a cameo in his series and contacted him, which in a way, helped him improve his health.

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Schwarzenegger appointed his trainer, Charles D’Angelo, to help Arnold get in shape. “I just went at it hard,” said the 64-year-old actor. “I realized I need(ed) to, no matter what, get in shape,” Arnold added. The actor initially blamed his kids for not getting the time to workout. However, he acknowledged that couldn’t be an excuse. So he and his then-wife talked with the kids.

While Tom Arnold didn’t disclose earlier that he suffered a stroke to his family, the actor just told his children that he needed to get fit. “I really need to get in shape and get physically fit so I could live for as long as possible with you guys,” he revealed to Fox News. Here’s what Tom Arnold did to get in shape.

Tom Arnold’s workout routine while preparing for FUBAR

The Austrian Oak’s co-star elaborated on his workout routine. He placed his trust in Charles D’Angelo and told him he would do whatever the physical trainer advised. During the interview, the actor said he did an hour of “hard cardio” each day. He also followed D’Angelo’s diet protocol blindly. Surprisingly, despite the workout, he never felt hungry.

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While progress seemed slow at the start, Arnold soon started losing weight while gaining more stamina. Arnie’s friend said that by the end of the program, he weighed even less than he had during True Lies. Since then, Tom Arnold has stuck to his workout routine.

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While Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t help his friend personally, he came to the rescue at the right time. Arnie’s longtime trainer helped Tom Arnold answer his wake-up call.

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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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