“You Are Not a Movie Star..”: Will Smith Once Received a Life-Changing Advice From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Surpass Tom Cruise

Published 05/03/2022, 11:15 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES – JUNE 13: Body builder, actor and future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait session on June 13, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

Bodybuilding is a popular sport in the world. Bodybuilders are the epitome of a healthy lifestyle and craft their bodies to sheer perfection. When talking about bodybuilders, a name that comes right at the top is Arnold Schwarzenegger. The influence he has had is incredible.

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Not only did he win Mr. Olympia titles, but he also starred in many blockbuster action movies. He is a politician and an entrepreneur as well. Wherever he went, Arnold found success. Interestingly, legendary actor Will Smith once took advice from the bodybuilding legend as he tried to get more famous.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gave career advice to Will Smith

Some celebrities in Hollywood have become so popular that it is tough to remember a time when they weren’t household names. Will Smith is certainly on that list. One of the most prolific black actors of our time, the ‘I Am Legend’ star wasn’t always the star that he is now. On his quest to become more famous than Tom Cruise, Smith took some valuable advice from Arnold, who had established himself as one of the most iconic personalities on the planet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at Lionsgate Films’ “The Expendables 2” premiere on August 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

“You are not a movie star if your movies are only successful in America. You are not a movie star until every person in every country on earth knows who you are. You have to travel the globe, shake every hand, kiss every baby. Think of yourself as a politician running for the Biggest Movie Star in the World.” This was the advice given to Smith by Arnold, and the rest, as they say, is history.

This was some serious advice that came from a man who has excelled in so many aspects of life. Kudos to Will for accepting and following the advice well. He has become one of the most recognizable actors in the world and a name that demands respect.

Arnold’s secret protein shake

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A man that has donned many hats, Arnold has many talents. One amongst which is making excellent protein shakes. What might initially look to be a normal smoothie has a secret ingredient in it. He adds raw eggs to his drink, including the eggshells! The shells provide a substantial amount of calcium and contain small amounts of beneficial minerals such as strontium and magnesium.

At night, he adds a little Schnapps or Tequila to his smoothie, but his primary focus is on getting more protein. The ingredients include 250ml of almond milk, 60ml of cherry juice, 1 banana, a scoop of protein powder, and a whole raw egg.

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It’s incredible how people from different backgrounds can inspire others to become one of the all-time greats in their field. The advice Arnold gave to Will stands as an apt testimony to the same.

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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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