“I’d missed by…” – Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Revealed How He Almost Hit Costar James Earl Jones in ‘Conan the Barbarian’

Published 04/14/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of those incredible actors who kept the worldwide audience engaged for decades with his action-filled movies. Although it certainly won’t be too much to say that most of the fans were more fascinated by his physique. Even after entering the world of entertainment, the Terminator star did not leave his passion behind. Bodybuilding is the sport that brought this talented man to the limelight. And the only reason viewers got to experience his impeccable performance in the cult film Conan the Barbarian. But did you know that while shooting this iconic movie, the actor almost swung his sword against costar James Earl Jones?

People who regularly remain active on social media might know that Arnold Schwarzenegger has long remained surrounded by rumors regarding his role in Conan the Barbarian. The speculations said that the Austrian superstar failed to use his sword in the movie because of his bulked muscles. Debunking all those rumors in 2016, the Commando alum replied to a post on Reddit claiming the same stories.

TIL during filming of "Conan The Barbarian", Arnold Schwarzenegger had to cut down his workout routine because his arm and chest muscles were so big that he couldn’t wield a sword properly.
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In his response, the actor confirmed that he had to go through a major change for his barbarian character. However. it had nothing to do with swinging a sword and could perfectly do that. The retired bodybuilder continued that he already had three years of training with Sensei Yamazaki when the offer came to him.

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In that statement, he made a shocking revelation that during practice he almost hit his costar, James Earl Jones. “Even though if I’d missed by a couple inches I could have hit his head or his ear,” explained the 75-year-old star. Despite all this gossip, this movie turned out lucky for the actor.

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Although the famous action franchise Terminator made Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the biggest superstars of Hollywood, Conan the Barbarian will always remain the film that perfectly suited him. Many fans believe that the Predator star fully incarnated the aura of a Hyborian-age warrior.

Whether it’s the posture, deep battle roars, muscles, or stone face, the actor made the character larger than life. Besides, the movie needs no proof since the world still talks about this 1982 movie and Arnold’s portrayal in it.

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Shikha Arya

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Shikha Arya is an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie. She is a hardcore fan of Hollywood Dreamy Cinema and loves to watch contemporary series and movies like Stranger Things, A Perfect Pairing, and Tall Girl, among others. Other than writing her hobbies include reading novels, cycling, and mindfulness.

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