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Bodybuilding Legend Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Dresses Up as ‘The Terminator’ to Prank Innocent Fans

Published 05/14/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

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Whenever anyone says the word ‘bodybuilding,’ the first name that comes to our mind is Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Austrian has built tremendous fame for himself and for good measure! After winning multiple Mr. Olympia titles, he became a Hollywood actor and a pretty successful one. He then joined politics and again found success as he became Governor of California.

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Arnold has also found success elsewhere, doing something nobody expected him to do; pranks!


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Arnold Schwarzenegger pranks unsuspecting fans

Contrary to popular belief, Arnold is a ball of fun! He likes to blow stuff up with his tank while going on late-night shows for funny little skits. Similarly, he loves to prank people. Back in 2015, Arnold dressed up as his iconic character ‘The Terminator,’ hitting the streets of Hollywood and the local Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

In the resurfaced video, we witness Arnold dressed up as T-800 to prank innocent bystanders. Arnold took to the streets and assertively spoke to a woman, telling “Come with me if you want to live” and she didn’t accept the proposal. He also had some fun trying out new eyewear at a sunglass store. Meanwhile, Arnold engaged in a hilarious “I’ll be back” battle with a ‘Terminator Impersonator’ on the streets.


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The other phase of the prank involved Arnold pranking tourists at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. He scared many people, but it was all good as everyone left with a cheerful smile. The prank was not pointless though; he performed it to help promote After-School All-Stars. It is a program that supports after-school programs for children as Schwarzenegger is the founder of the program.

When Arnold worked at Gold’s gym


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In another prank video, Arnold went undercover at Gold’s gym as a trainer. With an obviously fake mustache and not too much cover, one would assume that it would be pretty easy to spot the legend that is Schwarzenegger. Surprisingly, it was not the case. Arnold greeted people at the front desk as they didn’t seem to notice who was standing in front of them.

Arnold then helped people with their exercises despite that, many people did not recognize the ‘Terminator.’ A few people did eventually figure out who “Howard” really was.


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This video was another attempt to promote Arnold’s program as well as promote health and fitness amongst people. But who knew Arnold was so much fun?!

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Written by:

Naman Gopal Srivastava


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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.
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