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Arnold Schwarzenegger chats with fans, shares role regret, confirms ad libs

Meriah Doty
Movie Talk
January 15, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger took fan questions on Tuesday on Reddit in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) forum, and the former Governator-slash-Terminator opened up on an array of topics from the sentimental to the asinine. Yes, the 65-year-old action star even said he would fight a duck.

One of the biggest revelations from Ah-nold: He regrets passing on 1996 Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage film "The Rock." (Cage took the role that was originally offered to him.)

Salacious- asked, "What role do you most regret turning down?" The star of "The Last Stand" (in theaters this weekend) answered: "I most regret not doing The Rock. I love the movie, and it turned out well. When it was offered to me there was only an 80 page script with a lot of handwriting and scribbles and it didn't seem fully baked. But they obviously did a fantastic job."

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Speaking of scribbles, Schwarzenegger jotted some answers down on his iPad in a few barely-legible posts. In one, he reiterated the news that he and Danny DeVito will reprise their roles in "Twins II," adding new addition -- Eddie Murphy. (A presumed triplet? See his note above.) But perhaps the best thing he jotted down was this (a scribbling of his famed "Kindergarten Cop" line, "It's not a tumor!" followed with his signature.)

Schwarzenegger also revealed he would like to one day work with directors Micheal Bay and Steven Spielberg -- two Hollywood helmers for whom he has yet to act. (Bay, "The Rock" director, we understand, but Spielberg... really?)

The Austria-born actor-politician admitted his German has gotten rusty over the years, saying, "I am definitely more comfortable in English. Which should tell you how bad my German has gotten." He also jotted down a note saying being Governor of California was his most challenging gig to date (more so than body building!) but that acting has been the most fun.

Things got sentimental in the forum when Schwarzenegger acknowledged one user -- whose late father, a trainer, was a huge fan. "...I am sorry I never met your dad. He must have been a great man," the revived action star wrote.

Things got just plain silly when one fan asked, "Would you rather fight 100 duck sized Predators or 1 Predator sized duck?" The actor's answer: "I would choose the 1 Predator sized duck instead of dealing with 100 duck-sized Predators. I've already fought a Predator-sized Predator so I am confident I could handle the duck." Nice.

As for those famous one-liners and "Ayyaagh's," some of them were ad-libbed. "Get to the choppa" in "Predator" was scripted, but Schwarzenegger revealed that his other big line in the 1987 jungle-set action sci-fi film -- "Stick around" -- was all him. Also, anytime he says "Ayaaagh," Schwarzengegger said, "All improvised. Every single one."

Watch Schwarzenegger In A Clip From 'The Last Stand':

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