During a “chill” moment in South Africa, action star and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, gets a surprise from one of his biggest fans. While he is trying to take a selfie, the superstar action hero and former bodybuilding champion, the superfan comes running at Schwarzenegger from behind and gives him the surprise of his life – a dropkick that leaves the 71-year-old sprawled out on the ground.
While the “Terminator” star was filming a moment at an athlete jump rope on Saturday, the fan gave everyone the massive surprise. Schwarzenegger was at the Arnold Sports Festival in Sandton, South Africa hanging out with other athletes in the gymnasium.
After a quick selfie, Arnold hands his phone back to his followers when a stranger rushed at him from behind and dropkicks the megastar and former governor.
Schwarzenegger had posted the image at the gymnasium to his Snapchat page, and the assailant can be seen over his shoulder, gearing up to strike. Although the man was described as “crazed,” Schwarzenegger does not plan to press charges on him. He’d rather the man just learn his lesson and not try to dropkick celebrities like he did this time in South Africa.
“I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot,” Schwarzenegger said. Thankfully, his crew managed to stop the kicker from engaging in the full attack. “I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.”
Fortunately, Schwarzenegger was not hurt by the surprise attack. He wrote about the incident on Twitter, adding that “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”
He added later that he appreciated how worried everyone was over him. But the “Terminator” star let everyone know that they didn’t have to be so concerned because, despite being 71, he was fine.
“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd.”
Moments before the “crazed man” launches into his attack, he approaches the star waving his hands vigorously. He is obviously very excited to be sharing the same room as Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, the star’s bodyguard team notices the man and apprehends him, removing him to a further distance. But the man was so intent on striking back against the action star that he defied the wishes of the bodyguard team and rushed through its lines to dropkick Schwarzenegger from behind.
As the man throws himself into the air to kick Schwarzenegger, he sends him flying into the crowd, crashing into the cameraman and other people who were watching the display. Security personnel noticed what happened and immediately rushed the “crazed man” and detained him. He was obviously putting the star at risk.
As the man gets restrained, people cry out in horror. A child can be heard being distressed in the background. Then someone shouts, “Help me!”
Although Schwarzenegger decided not to press charges, it is unclear what will happen to the man.
What do you think about the surprise attack?
Every time you share an AWM story, you help build a home for a disabled veteran.