Arnold on Netflix – cheat sheet

Schwarzenegger’s transition from Mr Universe to Most Recognisable Actor in the Universe is explored in this three-part documentary.

What is this?

This three-part documentary series chronicles never before seen footage and stories of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey from rural Austria to the dreamiest parts of the American dream.

Who directs it?

Lesley Chilcott – producer of An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and Watson (2019).

Who’s in it?

Well, Schwarzenegger (of course) but also Jamie Lee Curtis, James Cameron, Danny DeVito, Linda Hamilton, Sylvester Stallone … the list goes on.

Is there a trailer?

Do the critics like it?

So far, with only five reviews, Rotten Tomatoes is giving the show a 60% approval rating from critics. Here’s what Brian Orndorf wrote on

Arnold has its glossiness, dealing with a subject who fully understands the power of self-promotion, but it also carries outstanding attention to Schwarzenegger’s sacrifices and ferocious ambition, with Chilcott delivering a fascinating understanding of the media figure and his singular way of living. review of Arnold.

Any trivia?

According to IMDB, Schwarzenegger’s favourite of all his films is Kindergarden Cop (1990)

Don’t say

Just heading to the loo … I’ll be back.

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Do say

I’m not into politics, I’m into survival.

Where and when can I watch it?

Arnold premieres on Netflix on 7 June 2023.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites