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How Mr Olympia 1975 Turned Arnold Schwarzenegger Into A Movie Star

Here’s how Mr. Olympia 1975 helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a movie star. Starting with the success of 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger became one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. While his range as a performer could be limited, his charisma and talent for salty one-liners resulted in some very entertaining movies. It helped that he hooked up with talented filmmakers too, with James Cameron, John McTiernan and Paul Verhoeven helping him produce his best work.

Arnie was also locked in a rivalry with fellow action star Sylvester Stallone throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, with the two competing over everything from who had the biggest physique to the highest bodycount. The two have since become close friends, however, and have appeared together in movies like The Expendables. After taking time away from acting to pursue politics, later movies used Arnold Schwarzenegger’s age to make the action a little more grounded. Unfortunately, projects like The Last Stand or Sabotage proved far less memorable than his earlier work, but he did receive some good reviews for a more introspective performance in 2015’s Maggie.

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He was a famed bodybuilder long before he made it into movies, and was known by the nickname “The Austrian Oak.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding exploits are legendary, having come first in professional contests like Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia many times before retiring from the sport in 1980. It was Mr. Olympia 1975 that would help him become a movie star, thanks to his participation in the documentary Pumping Iron.

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Schwarzenegger first won the competition in 1970 at age 23, making him the youngest winner. By the time Mr. Olympia 1975 came around, he had already won five times and agreed to take part in Pumping Iron to help promote the sport. The documentary’s original focus would have seen actor Bud Cort training to become a bodybuilder with help from Schwarzenegger whilst also covering the contest, but Cort later left the production and the focus shifted back to the professional bodybuilders.

Arnold Schwarzenegger became the natural star of Pumping Iron in the process, with the documentary displaying his commitment to the sport while showing off his drive to win and natural charisma in front of a camera. He was also prone to making outrageous statements for shock value – such as comparing bodybuilding to being so pleasurable it was like receiving multiple orgasms – but his sheer likeability left a major impression on viewers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s weight was seen as an issue during Mr. Olympia 1975 as he’d shed some mass to star in the film Stay Hungry with Jeff Bridges before the contest, and rival Lou Ferrigno was seen as a favorite to win. Pumping Iron also charts the psychological warfare Arnie waged on his younger rival, subtly nudging his weak points while presenting himself as the inevitable winner. This was a tactic Arnold would often use for most of his rivals during competitions, though in hindsight, he does come across as something of a bully to the introverted Ferrigno.

Nevertheless, Pumping Iron helped popularize bodybuilding following its release in 1977, with most reviews focused on Arnold Schwarzenegger as the breakout star. Within a few years, he’s scored Conan The Barbarian and The Terminator, and the rest is history. While Arnie won the Mr. Olympia 1975 competition, Lou Ferrigno came in third place and the documentary also helped his acting career, as he landed the title role on The Incredible Hulk TV series soon after.

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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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