Hollywood tough-guy Arnold Schwarzenegger was apparently rather surprised to find Sabotage director David Ayer had signed him up for training with a SWAT team.
Sure Schwarzenegger is in charge of a team of top-notch drug enforcement officers who steal money from a drug cartel in the full-action film. He’ll need to be quick on his feet for that.
But weapons training? This is the guy behind Terminator. This is Total Recall’s Douglas Quaid. This is Batman baddie Mr Freeze.
“I told him, ‘Why do I need weapons training? I’ve shot more people than anyone in the industry and I’ve killed more people than anyone?” Schwarzenegger tells the Mirror.
At 66 years of age, the acting hardman is more than happy with the rough and tumble of being a film star.
“I still get picked up and thrashed around, and that’s just the way it is. If you don’t like that, then you are in the wrong business.”
Although, the Terminator star does admit it’s a little tougher on his body now he’s no longer in his 30s.
“The advantage is to be in shape, you can do all those things and you do feel the same way you did 20 years ago.
“It’s like if you do something unusual and you are tired, the next day your body doesn’t come back as quickly as when you were 30-years-old. But other than that, I can still do the running, the jumping and the fight scenes,” he adds.
Filming for the latest Terminator instalment (the fifth film in the franchise) is expected to start this month.