Years Before Becoming Netflix’s Favorite Action Hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger Was the Face of a Viral Meme

Published 10/30/2023, 12:15 PM EDT

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Beginning from his top-notch action guy moves to his extreme bodybuilding journey, Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for setting standards for unattainable heroics. Especially in his recent Netflix release, FUBAR, the 76-year-old actor, could be seen leaping over cars and engaging adversaries in combat. One could hardly pinch any differences from any regular young action hero.

By displaying his ordinary dauntlessness, he has established unrealistic standards for both the older and the future generations. While the actor’s otherworldly physique may have been a cashmaker for Netflix in Fubar, that was not the case when a picture of a supposedly eighteen-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger surfaced on the Internet. 

A photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s boyhood days resurfaces on the internet

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In recent times, an alleged image of 18-year-old Arnold Schwarzenneger has resurfaced on the internet. In the picture, the veteran actor could be seen standing casually in a towel with his alleged classmate, who is also of the same age. However, given the extensive difference in their physicality, a lot of fans used the picture to point out the difference between real teenagers and those seen on television. This also led many to wonder if Schwarzenegger was actually eighteen in the picture. So began an Internet investigation.

In the alleged picture, The Expendables actor was seen with his chiseled, toned, and sculpted body. With his classmate alongside, there could be no guessing whether both their ages are at par. For an alleged 18-year-old, this juxtaposition is something that the internet didn’t see coming. While The Terminator actor is known for being the man of motivation, the nature of motivation conveyed by the photograph remains open to interpretation.

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Despite the unexpected nature of the resurgence, it did not take long for the situation to take a comical twist.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has fans scratching their heads

Following the event, there were lots of debates and debacles among Arnold Schwarzenegger fans. However, the controversies didn’t stop the image from going viral. Some fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter, took a dig at the alleged classmate. Others had their own comparable scenarios. Some further took a dig at the wordplay in the caption and wrote, “heartpopper“.

However, amidst the fit of laughter, there were fans who had concerns. Plausible doubts surrounding the authenticity of the image being circulated were raised, and some claimed it was the charisma of photoshop.

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Whether or not legitimate, the image has got the world talking, nonetheless. This is yet again a harrowing example of the extensive influence that the actor has on the generations that have gone and the ones that are unfolding. Be it positive publicity or negative, when one showcases exemplary skills, it is bound to generate attention!

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What are your thoughts about the reality of this picture? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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