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Arnold Schwarzenegger is an iconic, legendary, one of a kind type of bloke. He somehow managed to go from an internationally renowned bodybuilder, to blockbuster Hollywood action star to the bloody Governor of California. There likely won't be another person like him for many years to come, although if The Rock manages to get into politics then he'll be a pretty close competitor to Arnie's achievements.
But you can imagine film studio executives scratching their heads about who could possibly play Arnie in a movie. Sure, the 70-year-old can still act, but who could play a younger version of the bodybuilding legend?
Calum Von Moger, that's who.
Credit: Calum von Moger/Instagram
The Aussie bodybuilder has been selected to be Arnie in the upcoming film Bigger. The movie is tells the story of 'the inspirational tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement as we now know it, Joe and Ben Weider. Battling anti-Semitism/racism as well as extreme poverty the brothers beat all odds to build an empire and inspire future generations'.
Ben and Joe Weider were the founders of the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness, which obviously provided the platform for people like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Joe will be played by Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, Road to Rendition) while Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, Cilla) will star as his brother Ben.
Calum says the offer is a dream come true, as Arnie was a massive inspiration for him when he started his journey to become an absolute beast at the age of 14. Speaking on The Today Show, Calum told the hosts: "I met [Arnold] at Gold's Gym when I was working out there and it was really cool.
"I looked up to him my whole life while I was training. He stopped and helped me do some poses and it was awesome. Now I get to play him in a movie role, so it's crazy."
But Arnie isn't just known for his impressive physique; his accent is also very synonymous with his stardom, with fans quick to imitate it when saying something like, 'Get to the chopper!'. Calum says: "I have been taking acting classes with a dialect coach.
"[I've been] working on the accent through Skype sessions here while I'm in Australia. I have about another week before I head over to Alabama to start filming."
The film is expected to be released sometime next year, so we'll have to wait and see whether Calum does the role justice, but he definitely looks the part.
Featured Image Credit: Calum von Moger/Instagram
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