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Friday, April 12, 2013
Schwarzenegger reveals he gorged on pie during cheat days while bodybuilding By ANTHONY SULLA-HEFFINGER
By ANTHONY SULLA-HEFFINGER
Last Updated: 11:29 AM, April 12, 2013
Posted: 11:25 AM, April 12, 2013
Even Arnold had cheat days.
The Austrian-born bodybuilding legend answered a series of questions on Reddit.com yesterday in one of the Web sites popular “AMA” (ask me anything) segments.
Schwarzenegger, who won seven Mr. Olympia titles and four Mr. Universe crowns dished on his penchant for splurging while training for the bodybuilding competitions with his friend Franco Columbu.
“What normally happened with the pies was we would be dieting down, before a competition, and we would go splurge,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “We were depriving ourselves every day, and eventually, Franco and I would snap, and we would end up at the House of Pies in Santa Monica.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977.
"We would each eat a whole pie, and then people would be shocked that we looked better the next day. I talked to Men's Fitness about this, and apparently it is a trend now. We were just going to go insane without the pie.”
Schwarzenegger — who went from competitive bodybuilder to Hollywood star to governor of California — also discussed how he got his start in acting, landing a role in "Hercules" in New York.
“Joe [Weider] knew I wanted to get into acting, and he knew I was working hard, going to English classes,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “So he acted like my agent. And when a producer called for 'Hercules' in New York (it was called 'Hercules Goes Bananas at that time') asking for a bodybuilder who could act, Joe said he had the guy.
"Then he brought me to the meeting, and before we went inside, he said, "Arnold, don't say a word. Don't open your mouth." He went on and on selling me, but my favorite part was that he claimed I was a German Shakespearean actor. As far as I know, there is no such thing. But I got the role.”