Arnold Schwarzenegger has opened up about what he thinks of the possibility of an afterlife, and his thoughts are pretty definitive.
Now, it is fair to say that Schwarzenegger is one of the most recognisable figures on the planet. Born in Austria back in 1947, the star first rose to fame as a bodybuilder, competing in Olympic weightlifting contests as well as professional bodybuilding contests. He even won the title of Mr Olympia 5 years in a row back in the early seventies!
After conquering the world of bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger set his sights on Hollywood, where he gained his early roles in movies such as The Long Goodbye and Stay Hungry. Not before long, he made his breakthrough in the industry with Conan the Barbarian in 1982. However, it is undeniable that Schwarznegger’s most defining role was in 1984’s The Terminator, which is what most of us think of when we think of the star.
Following on from his big-budget action movies, the star took up roles in many comedy movies, including Jingle All the Way and Twins.
However, by the start of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger was ready to give himself yet another challenge – conquering politics.
In 2003, the star announced his candidacy for the California recall election. He went on to win the election by about 1.3 million votes, and served as a Republican Governor to the state from 2003 to 2011.
Perhaps one of the reasons for Schwarzenegger having lived such a full life is his belief, or lack thereof, in regards to heaven.
Speaking to his Twins co-star Danny DeVito for Interview magazine, the seventy-five-year-old revealed that he thinks ‘nothing’ happens to us when we die, recalling a conversation that he had with Howard Stern who asked him his thoughts.
“You’re 6 feet under. Anyone that tells you something else is a f****** liar,” he recalled saying, via UNILAD.
He continued: “I said, ‘We don’t know what happens with the soul and all this spiritual stuff that I’m not an expert in, but I know that the body as we see each other now, we will never see each other again like that.”
The star went on to call heaven a ‘fantasy’, elaborating: “When people talk about, ‘I will see them again in heaven’, it sounds so good, but the reality is that we won’t see each other again after we’re gone.
“That’s the sad part. I know people feel comfortable with death, but I don’t.”
As a result of this rather bleak statement, he went on to describe what heaven is to him.
“To me, heaven is where I put a person who I love dearly, who is kind, who is generous, who made a difference in my life and other people’s lives,” he said.
“I keep them in a spot in my head, like that front row that you have of all of your friends. And you always have a good feeling when you think of them.”