The former governor of California and star of Total Recall, True Lies and other action movies Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday that his desire to be the world’s best bodybuilder briefly landed him in jail years ago. Schwarzenegger, who is 65, said when he was just 18 years old, he was in the army in Austria, his native country. At the time, the country had a requirement of enlisting in the armed forces.
One day he snuck out off the base where he was stationed to participate in Germany, at the Junior Mr. Europe tournament. The good news is he won and became Junior Mr. Europe. The bad news is he spent 2 to 3 days in military jail. He was released by military officials after they said they had become uncomfortable with him being locked up.
His parents, said Schwarzenegger, never approved of his aspirations to be the world’s best bodybuilder. However, he was assisted by his superiors in the military by putting together a makeshift gym and making sure, he had the proper food he needed.
He constantly faced challenges he said from his parents and people in the military, but he said he heard every no, not as a no by as a yes. Eventually the movie start became Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia. After he competed in many of the world’s best bodybuilding contests, he took up acting and soon became one of the biggest action heroes in all of Hollywood.
Currently Schwarzenegger is the subject of an ESPN documentary titled Arnold’s Blueprint, which will air September 26 on Grantland.com an ESPN website.