Arnold Schwarzengger is 71 years old. That’s something to consider when watching the below video, in which the bodybuilding legend, former governor, and sometimes Terminator gets drop-kicked and barely notices.
The incident occurred Saturday in South Africa. Schwarzenegger was at the Arnold Classic Africa, a bodybuilding event held in Johannesburg, taking a Snapchat video with fans, minding his own business. Out of nowhere… well, you can watch the video, although it’s a bit blurry.
Here’s another angle:
As you can see, one of the attendees leapt at Schwarzenegger with all his might, kicking him right in the small of his back. But instead of taking the screen legend down, it was the assailant who hit the bricks. It’s as though the man hit a brick wall, although his target did wobble, but only a bit. According to The Guardian, the kicker was immediately restrained by security.
The video went viral, leading Schwarzenegger — who was, again, unharmed by getting a drop-kick to his septuagenarian body — addressing the incident.
“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot,” he wrote, before adding these frankly incredible words: “I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”
He also tried to deflect attention from “the guy who wants to be famous” to the hard-working titans at his event.
But eventually even Schwarzenegger couldn’t help but share the incredibly badass video of him taking a kick like a god.
According to a statement put out by the event, Schwarzenegger won’t be pressing charges.
Anyway, folks on Twitter were impressed.
Schwarzenegger — who is remarkably self-aware, pretty good at social media and, despite being a Republican politician, also intensely committed to fighting climate change — enjoyed the responses to him being kicked in the back by a rando.
(Via The Guardian)