“My Knuckles Bled”: Making $21,429 per Word, Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Left Severely Injured While Shooting This $102 Million Blockbuster

Arnold Schwarzenegger is someone who does not need an introduction. Back in the day, Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the biggest stars when it came to action movies. Having worked in movies like ‘Terminator’ and ‘Twins,’ Schwarzenegger made sure to leave a lasting impact on his fans through his work. It is Schwarzenegger’s hard work and dedication that led him to great success. In his recent book, ‘Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life,’ the bodybuilding legend has written in detail about the failures as well as the accomplishments of his life. 

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He wrote at length about the lessons he learned over the years. Explaining the importance of hard work and practice, he revealed his own stories and disclosed how he used to practice and prepare for his roles. He explained that while preparing for ‘Terminator 2,’ his knuckles started to bleed. But why did that happen? Let’s take a look.

Arnold Schwarzenegger explains how he got injured in ‘Terminator 2’


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In the movie Terminator 2, Schwarzenegger used the iconic Winchester 1887 Shotgun. During one scene in the film, which got a lot of appreciation later, Schwarzenegger flipped his shotgun while riding a bike. While the scene was for barely a few seconds, Arnold had to practice it for hours in order to perfect it.

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Arnold, who took a whopping $21,429 per word for Terminator, wrote in his book, “On Terminator 2, it was practicing the shotgun cocking flip so many times my knuckles bled-for what amounted to two seconds of screen time.”

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This is not the first time Schwarzenegger has talked about this. In a Reddit post from around four years ago, ‘The Austrian Oak’ revealed what it took to perfect the shotgun flip.

‘Terminator’ reveals the training behind the iconic cock flip


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After a Reddit user wrote that Schwarzenegger nearly broke his fingers while learning the shotgun flip, Arnold commented on the post and disclosed the actual truth. He stated that the team handed him gloves to practice because, without them, there was a chance that he would break his fingers. However, due to discomfort and the shotgun getting stuck in the leather, Schwarzenegger was forced to practice with his bare hand.

“The first day I started with 5 reps, then 10 the next day, 15 the next day, and on and on, toughening the skin on my fingers, so by the time I got to set and it was time to shoot the scene, there was no more bleeding, and I could do as many reps as I needed to,” Arnold Schwarzenegger explained.


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The life of an actor might look easy to the viewers, but the reality is that they often have to go through pain and even risk their lives at times for a role. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments.

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