Acting Tips from Thespian Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger released his memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story” this week, which details everything from his growing up with seven cats in Thal, Austria, to his plans to make “Triplets” with Eddie Murphy and Danny DeVito to his disastrous first meeting with the late producer Dino De Laurentiis.

Like any good memoir, the 646-page book also has a few surprising revelations, including a few detailing Schwarzenegger’s acting technique. The star of “Predator” and “Last Action Hero” isn’t thought of as a master of the craft. But to get from the bodybuilding stage to the studio set took training and determination. Here’s what Schwarzenegger has to offer actors looking to walk in his footsteps.

On staying in character

“If I’d had acting experience, it would have been a lot better,” Schwarzenegger writes about his time on “Hercules in New York,” his first movie.

“The producers hired me an acting coach and a dialogue coach, but two weeks with them couldn’t make up for my lack of English and lack of experience.”

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