The documentary version of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life is in the works. ‘The Terminator’ (1984) star has given a series of open interviews as part of a three-part Netflix documentary series titled ‘Arnold’. It is directed by Lesley Chilcott and will be available on Netflix from June 7.
‘Arnold’ will follow Schwarzenegger’s rise from the Austrian countryside to the top of the American dream. It will cover everything from his days pumping iron to his accomplishments in Hollywood, his time as Governor of California and both the joys and volatility of his family life in a story that mirrors his larger-than-life persona along with the interviews from his friends, rivals, co-stars and spectators.
The series begins with a young, restless Schwarzenegger fantasizing about leaving his native country Austria and his problematic family life. Before joining the military, he sees Reg Park in the role of Hercules on the big screen and decides that professional bodybuilding is his route out, where he wins thirteen global titles and then relocates to the US.
Schwarzenegger then turns to politics, winning both a recall and a general election in California and ruling one of the world’s largest economies for seven years. While it disrupts his family life and has his adversaries, Schwarzenegger is also lauded for a long list of accomplishments. Following the twists and turns of his stranger-than-fiction story, he thinks on his life and makes himself useful through humanitarian endeavors and raising awareness on causes ranging from anti-Semitism to climate change.
The series is produced by Hughes’ production enterprise, Defiant Ones Media Group and Chilcott’s Invented By Girls.