Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-stars Interview
Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-stars Interview
Johnny and Jaimie, was it difficult not to accidentally drop in one of Arnold’s catchphrases?

Johnny Knoxville

No, I didn’t step into too many catchphrases on the set. I was doing my best to remember my own lines! But he was very generous on the set and kind to everyone. I was very intimidated when I first met him because of all the things that he’s accomplished. But he just goes out of his way to make everyone comfortable. So, when someone is so generous, he doesn’t want to hear me do his catchphrases and I’m very bad with accents anyway.

Jaimie Alexander

I did it! Not when he was listening because I’m actually terrible at it. Zach Gilford would do it a lot and one evening he had come in during the scene where we were supposed to check for tyre marks. I don’t know if Zach was tired or what but he just started going off into his voice. I was like [motions ‘Stop, stop’] because Arnold was right behind him. But he kept doing it and I was like ‘Okey-dokey!’

But Mr Schwarzenegger has a great sense of humour and I think he’s okay with people doing that. It’s what people love and what makes them happy, so you do it out of joy and respect as well.
What line did you do?

Jaimie Alexander

[Blushes] Run, get to the chopper!
Arnold, working with Johnny, were you ever tempted to do a Jackass-style stunt?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I was not about to try a Jackass kind of stunt at all because, as you know in his movies, the stunts work really well when they fail and that’s when people laugh - when Johnny crashes and he breaks his bones and is hospitalised and barely crawls away. So, I was not about to try that! In our film it was about ‘How do we do this stunt and not get hurt?’ So we can do it over and over again. I tried to explain this to Johnny. I said, 'Johnny, this is now a different movie. It’s not your type of a movie. Here, let’s make things work.' But of course he didn’t listen all of the time.

If you remember the telephone pole he climbs up? It really was him up there and he got in the situation where the thing crashed and he was on it and he crashed into the truck and we all thought he was going to be dead! And I said to him again, 'I’ve told you so many times not to try and do that because we would have had to close down the set if you got hurt.' But he was like: ‘No, no, this was really fun! What a fun ride!'
Johnny, how many takes did you require for the telephone pole scene?

Johnny Knoxville

Oh man, I’ve had so many concussions that I really can’t remember!
Arnold, you have had such an extraordinary life and it’s always been about setting goals and taking on the next challenge. So, at this stage in your life, what do you feel, looking to the future, are the types of goals and challenges that you look forward to achieving?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, I think basically even though I’m 65 years old I’m just as hungry for growing, for getting smarter, for having more experiences, for doing more movies, for doing bigger and better movies, to work with interesting actors and interesting directors, and to do even better with my work to clean the environment and to create a sustainable energy future in the world and to work with the UN and various different organisations and with environmentalists to get that accomplished.

And to work at the Schwarzenegger Institute at USC, to work on stem cell research and better government practice and political reform on those issues. And to have a good time and reach out and try to help people that need help. I’m still involved in the Special Olympics as an international coach and I have a foundation that deals with after-school programmes, which provide after-school programmes for kids that don’t have parenting in the afternoon, or both parents are working, so they don’t get into trouble and so they get an education and tutoring and parenting and all that stuff. I’m involved in a lot of different things and I’m having a great time being involved in all of those things.
In the film, you play a sheriff looking after a small town. I have to ask, what do you think of President Obama’s gun laws?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, I think the key thing is when you have a tragedy like that, then everyone comes together and has a very serious debate over what we can do in order to minimise these kinds of experiences. Is there something that can be changed within the gun laws? Is there something that we can change in the way we look at mental illness? Is there something we can change when it comes to parenting? Are we slacking off on parenting so that kids are roaming around and not having the same kind of leadership that we used to have? Are we looking seriously at whether our schools are safe? So, when someone comes in should there be metal detectors or guards in the schools as this is a new world where these things happen? So, I think one has to look at all of those things and I think that if I’m not mistaken the Obama administration looked at all of those things and much more. So, it’s not just a gun thing. It’s all of those things. It’s looking at them in a comprehensive way so that then you can do justice and make changes and make improvements. You have to use an opportunity like that, when a tragedy like this happens, to make improvements.
Out of all the characters you’ve played, who would be victorious in a fight?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, I think that they’d all join forces right away because that’s the kind of characters they are, because most of the characters I play are within law enforcement or some authority, whether it’s a CIA agent, an FBI agent, a sheriff, a police officer, a police chief, a fire marshal, or a spy or secret agent. They’re all pretty much the same characters. They have authority, they bring law and order and they fight the bad guys. Where it’s different is if you look at the Terminator movies. There, I’m a machine and I’m not on the law's side – quite the opposite.
So, would the Terminator win then?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I don’t know. We’d have to go and have a look at Terminator 5 and see what happens.
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