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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Act of Kindness Towards His Co-Star’s Cancer-Ailing Sister Left the Latter “Emotional” on the Set, in 1984: “He’s Not Bullsh**, He Really Cared About It”

Published 02/09/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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Various people have different impressions of the legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, many would agree that when it comes to helping others, Schwarzenegger is one of the kindest people. Hence, once, his ‘Total Recall’ co-star Michael Ironside, was left speechless by one of Schwarzenegger’s kind acts on a movie set. 

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During the film’s 30th anniversary, Ironside recalled how the legendary actor supported him while his sister battled cancer. Here is what the actor had to say about Schwarzenegger.

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While Ironside was busy with the movie, his sister was hospitalized in Canada after her diagnosis. And since the internet and phones were not common back then, Schwarzenegger willingly helped his co-star. During an interview with HeyUGuys, Ironside described Schwarzenegger as, “This guy, he’s not bullsh**. He was for real. He really cared about it.” 

When the Hollywood icon learned about Ironside’s sister’s condition, he decided to talk to her and connect the siblings. Ironside narrated how the conversation went, “I said, ‘Somebody wants to talk to you, it’s Arnold’ and she said, ‘Schwarzenegger?’” The action hero then took over the talk. “He goes, ‘Windy, you’ve got to look after yourself, your brother loves you very much, you’re so important to him,’” Ironside recalled. 


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Schwarzenegger’s co-star was moved by the legend’s help and braced him with a hug. However, the superstar did not just stop there. Every day during their shoot, Schwarzenegger ensured to call Ironside’s sister and motivate her during her treatment. The actor not only worked with Ironside but also played the role of an important friend in his life.

Schwarzenegger was not just a good co-star to Ironside, his generous nature also extended to several other movie sets. And that is what made actress Pamela Reed compliment his nature during an interview.

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After becoming a big hit in the acting industry, Schwarzenegger wanted to try his hands at movie genres other than action films. And one of his most famous comedy films was ‘Kindergarten Cop’, where the star played the role of a cop.

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 In this movie, Schwarzenegger starred alongside Reed, who only had good things to say about her co-star. Reed revealed that the legendary actor was “generous to a fault.” She revealed that Schwarzenegger was open to facing any kind of challenges and experiments and was extremely great at everything he did. 


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No wonder, Schwarzenegger excelled in every field he worked in throughout his career. While many are impressed by his ripped body, and several achievements, people also love the kind side of the famous Schwarzenegger.

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Soumya Bontra


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Soumya Bontra is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has been working as a sports journalist and writer for the past two years. Soumya has a Bachelor’s in Mass Media.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa