11. Arnold was pumping iron during filming—a lot
Arnold Schwarzenegger is pretty jacked in Predator, and part of the reason he was so muscular was because he’d be working out on set while filming in the jungle. Schwarzenegger made sure the production had the proper equipment, no matter the expense.
“Before we shot every day, Arnold and his trainer and all of the big boys, they got up an hour and a half before breakfast and trained,” actor Bill Duke told The Hollywood Reporter for its oral history of Predator on the 30th anniversary. “It was this gigantic gym that Arnold shipped to Mexico in these gigantic trucks so that the [hotel] ballroom, that was our gym. Arnold once knocked on my door at 5:30, woke me up. I started lifting with them and they all would start yelling at me to lift more weights and more reps. And that night, I was in so much pain that the next morning when they came to my door and started banging, I pretended that I slept through it so that I wouldn’t have to lift with them anymore.”
Screenwriter Jim Thomas had this to add about Arnold getting pumped on set: “I think that phrase ‘manly men’ was coined down there,” Thomas said to THR. “I think it was Arnold that kept saying (in Arnold voice) ‘manly men.’ You had that cast, and those guys were all pretty impressive. Then you had all the stuntmen who had to double these guys and do all of the stunts. So every morning you had all of these stuntmen and all the cast down there trying to get a good pump on. It was kind of comical, these guys are all trying to outdo each other.”
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