The legendary action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He starred in mega-hit movies like The Terminator, Predator, and True Lies. He also entered the world of politics and was the governor of California. This has caused him to become a highly respected individual and secure a huge fanbase. However, he had a childhood full of turmoil.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about growing up with his parents
Born in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger did not have it easy growing up as his strict parents believed in tough love. His father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, was physically abusive and was an alcoholic. He preferred Schwarzenegger’s brother, Meinhard over him.
His father was also a police chief and a stern Catholic who was rigid in his ways and hit him. He also apparently played a role in World War II as a member of the Nazi party.
“My goal was to not have people go that direction, so it would be a good idea to be straightforward and say: “Look, my previous generation were Nazis. The people I grew up with were Nazis.” Generations can be different. I don’t need to do the same things my dad did. I don’t need to be prejudiced. I don’t need to be an alcoholic. I don’t need to beat my kids. I can make a break. That’s why I started bodybuilding and came over here. I wanted to make clear that the other way loses all the time and creates misery; love and inclusion brings happiness.” Stated Schwarzenegger during his interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
The star went on to talk about how his struggle has made him stronger, unlike his brother who he further talks about later in the interview.