Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man who went from bodybuilder to movie star, to California governor, has never been one to shy away from challenging conversations. In a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Schwarzenegger shared his candid perspective on life, death, and what comes next—or doesn't, in his view.
The Mortality Monologue
When asked about the mysteries of the afterlife, Schwarzenegger didn't beat around the bush. He recalled a similar question posed to him by radio personality Howard Stern, about what happens after we die.
His response was as direct as it was disconcerting. “It reminds me of Howard Stern’s question to me: ‘Tell me, Governor, what happens to us when we die?’ I said, ’Nothing. You’re 6 feet under.
Anyone that tells you something else is a liar,’” Schwarzenegger candidly told Interview Magazine. In the context of an industry often characterized by larger-than-life personas and storylines that transcend the mortal coil, Schwarzenegger's words strike an intriguingly stark note.
But he didn't stop there.
A Glimpse into the Unknown
Schwarzenegger made it clear that while his expertise might not cover spiritual matters, he is firm about one thing—the physical aspect of life ceases to exist after death.
He remarked, "I know that the body as we see each other now, we will never see each other again like that." In an interesting interjection, actor Danny DeVito chimed in with a succinct observation, “We deteriorate”.
Schwarzenegger concurred and expanded upon this notion. He suggested that the comforting narrative of reuniting with loved ones in an afterlife, while an appealing thought, contrasts starkly with reality. "When people talk about, ‘I will see them again in heaven,’ it sounds so good, but the reality is that we won’t see each other again after we’re gone.
That’s the sad part. I know people feel comfortable with death, but I don’t." Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his iconic roles in movies like "Terminator" and "Predator," continues to captivate audiences, this time with his candid thoughts about the final act of life.