THE TERMINATOR star ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER took up bodybuilding in his teens
- because he saw it as a guaranteed ticket to movie stardom in America.
The Austrian-born screen star, 55, began weightlifting at the age of 14
and at 20 became the youngest man ever to win MR UNIVERSE - and all his efforts
were an attempt to realise his early dreams of making it in Hollywood.
He says, "Bodybuilding is an American sport and I wanted to get to
America. It was my idea, the first decision I made on my own.
"In a shop I saw an American magazine and read about this guy, REG PARK,
who won Mr Universe and then did a HERCULES movie. I said, 'Wow, that's what I
have to do!' All of a sudden, I started painting a picture in my mind of me
standing on a
pedestal at the Mr Universe contest and everyone applauding.
"That was my vision; 'I have to become Mr Universe, and that will
guarantee that I will get into movies in America.'"
He adds, "I just had this drive to become part of America. As a child, I
saw pictures of America - newsreels and movies - and I said to myself, 'That's
where I belong.' My dreams were always of America."