Immigrant, former California governor, movie star and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger was in South Africa on Saturday for the Arnold Sports Festival in Johannesburg.
The Terminator was broadcasting over Snapchat, interacting with fans, and generally having a good time. As you can see in the startling video, a man runs up out of nowhere and full-on body kicks Arnold. The man goes flying away from the rebound, and security grabs him.
As he is being carried away, he can be heard shouting in English “help me”, but the second half of the sentence, presumably also in English, isn’t easy to make out, which has caused considerable speculation and debate on Twitter.
Don’t worry about Schwarzenegger though. Not only was he not hurt, he barely noticed what happened.
In a tweet after the video started getting play, Schwarzenegger said he was glad the “idiot” didn’t interrupt his Snapchat. “I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot,” said The Last Action Hero. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.”
That’s … well it’s the perfect thing for him to say.
He also urged his followers to share the videos of the Arnold Sports athletes instead of (or in addition to, of course) the idiot who “wants to be famous.”
You have to hand it to him, he handled the whole thing like a pro. A pro who at age 71 barely notices a guy doing a full body drop kick in his back.
Here is another angle and, below it, the longer version of the video: