The movie Arnold doesn't want you to see.

The movie Arnold doesn't want you to see.

The movie Arnold doesn't want you to see.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Aug. 7 2003 4:27 PM

The Movie Arnold Doesn't Want You To See

Last year, Slate'sVirginia Heffernan celebrated the 25th-anniversary re-release of Pumping Iron,the documentary about the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition. Pumping Iron is the movie *  Arnold hopes California voters don't rent between now and Election Day. The film captures the Austrian Oak in all his vicious, megalomaniacal glory: Arnold bullying, tricking, and psyching out his dopey rival Lou Ferrigno. Arnold extolling his own ambitions: "I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators, people like Jesus, being remembered for thousands of years." (And Arnold lighting up a fat celebratory joint—don't you dare try that now, Gov. Schwarzenegger.)

Correction, Aug. 8, 2003:This introduction originally claimed Pumping Iron was Arnold's first movie. In fact, he appeared in three movies before Pumping Iron: Hercules in New York, The Long Goodbye, and Stay Hungry.