Last year, Slate’sVirginia Heffernan celebrated the 25th-anniversary re-release of Pumping Iron,the documentary about the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition. Pumping Iron is the movie * Arnold hopes California voters don’t rent between now and Election Day. The film captures the Austrian Oak in all his vicious, megalomaniacal glory: Arnold bullying, tricking, and psyching out his dopey rival Lou Ferrigno. Arnold extolling his own ambitions: “I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators, people like Jesus, being remembered for thousands of years.” (And Arnold lighting up a fat celebratory joint—don’t you dare try that now, Gov. Schwarzenegger.)
Correction, Aug. 8, 2003:This introduction originally claimed Pumping Iron was Arnold’s first movie. In fact, he appeared in three movies before Pumping Iron: Hercules in New York, The Long Goodbye, and Stay Hungry.