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Arnold Schwarzenegger has commissioned a series of statues of himself to remind the world how he looked in his muscle-bound prime


Immortalised in bronze: Arnold Schwarzenegger has commissioned a series of statues of himself to remind the world how he looked in his muscle-bound prime
Talk to his wife and you’ll get a rather different story.
But in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mind at least, he is still a hero who deserves respect and adulation.
The shamed former governor of California has commissioned a series of statues of himself to remind the world how he looked in his muscle-bound prime.
The 64-year-old has requested the creation of at least three larger-than-life bronze creations which will stand 8ft tall and weigh 580lbs.
They will be based on a smaller sculpture created in 1980, the year Schwarzenegger won his seventh Mr Olympia title.
The statues all depict him in a classic body-builder pose and have been super-sized to ‘heroic’ scale, which is one-and-a-quarter times life size. 
The first of them will be shipped to a museum dedicated to Schwarzenegger's life at his childhood home in Thal, Austria.
A second will be sent to Columbus, Ohio, where the Schwarzenegger-inspired Arnold Fitness Weekend is held annually.
Schwarzenegger himself will keep the third one but he has discussed the possibility of commissioning four more, said Tim Parks, the owner of Oregon-based TW Bronze, which is making the statues.

He added that when the Terminator star came to his workshop to view the first one he said: ‘This is fantastic. This is fantastic’.
Parks said Schwarzenegger only asked for one change - that the statues be a little darker.
He also suggested that seven statues would equal the number of times he had won the Mr Olympia competition, to which his 64-year-old client replied: ‘Perfect’.
Schwarzenegger’s obsession with his body has been well documented and dates back to his youth when he first began body-building.


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