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Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Stopped Body Building And Became An Actor

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career path from bodybuilder to movie star may seem puzzling at first glance. Before the natural-born Austrian immigrated to America and made his name in Hollywood, he was the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20. He then proceeded to win the title another five times, as well as winning seven Mt. Olympia titles, all of which secured his status as a world-renowned athlete and bodybuilder in the 1960s and 70s.

He started his acting career after moving to America in 1968, and his first role was in the 1970 film Hercules In New York. It wasn’t until 1982, however, that a breakout role in Conan The Barbarian paved the way for Schwarzenegger to become the Terminator in 1984. From here on, Arnold’s titanic place in the halls of cinematic history was cemented, and there was no looking back.

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What’s so remarkable about Arnold’s transition from bodybuilder to world-famous actor is that it was always his plan. The disparate careers were intrinsically linked in his mind from a young age, two adjacent steps on a grandiose path to the future he desired. Growing up in a devastated, impoverished post-WWII Austria made him ravenous for a better life, and as a teenager he fixed his mind on how to build one for himself. That future likely didn’t involve Schwarzenegger’s infamous stint as Mr. Freeze, but questionable roles aside, it’s safe to say he succeeded. In a 2001 speech in Sacramento, California (via Schwarzenegger), Arnold revealed his envisioned path from bodybuilder to actor:

“My own plan formed when I was 14 years old… One day, I saw a magazine in a store window. The cover showed a muscle man in an ancient warrior costume… It said, “Mr. Universe Now Starring In Hercules Movie….” It turned out that Hercules was an English guy who’d won the Mr. Universe title in bodybuilding, and parlayed that into a movie career…. Bingo! I had my role model! If he could do it, I could do it! I’d win Mr. Universe. I’d become a movie star. I’d get rich. One, two, three – bing, bang, boom! I found my passion. I got my goal.”

Why Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Acting Career Initially Struggled (& How It Changed)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator.

That doesn’t mean that Schwarzenegger’s transition to ’80s action star from bodybuilder was easy, however. His first movie was 1970’s campy Hercules in New York. For the next 12 years, he struggled to find work, getting small roles in movies and one-off TV guest roles. It wasn’t until 1982’s Conan the Barbarian that Arnold Schwarzenegger broke through to find mainstream success in Hollywood, going on to star in classic action films Conan the Destroyer, The Terminator, Commando, Red Sonja, Predator, and The Running Man over the next five years. It’s a testament to Schwarzenegger’s determination that he stuck with it for over a decade, never giving up, before he landed his breakout role.

Between his iconic career in entertainment and Schwarzenegger’s upcoming movies and TV shows, it’s easy to forget he was ever anything other than a movie star. While his transition from bodybuilder to actor seemed as improbable then as it did now, he defied the odds and willed his way into the life and career he desired. If he hadn’t become an actor through bodybuilding, it seems likely that he would have found another career to pivot his way onto the silver screen.  Just like the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t be stopped.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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