Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pumping Iron

This is the movie which catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom and brought the sport of body building to mainstream America. It's a look into the world of professional bodybuilders centering around such personalities as Arnold, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Katz and Ken Waller, focuses on the competitions in which they compete, and shows the various ways they try to psyche each other out before competitions. Lots of funny clips and quotes especially from Arnold, he refers to guys training in the gym as "little men" and just all around displays a gigantic's hard not to like him though. Arnold on working out:

"The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is... The Pump. Let's say you train your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that's what we call The Pump. You muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it's really tight - it's like somebody blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic.
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[continuing about The Pump]
Arnold Schwarzenegger: It's as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I'm getting the feeling of coming at home, I'm getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it's terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven."

It's funny to think that he went on to become the Governor of California, especially after quotes like this, public marijuana use (in this film), and killing thousands of people in his other action movies. Parts of this movie were later made known to be exagerrated a bit for the film, such as some of the mind games between opponents, and the extent of Lou Ferrigno's dad being involved in his son's training. The joint that Arnold smoked at the end of the movie was indeed real though, and yes, he did inhale.

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