When it was first released in 1982, Conan the Barbarian didn’t exactly wow the critics. Arnold Schwarzenegger had the physique to play the leading role, but his thick accent and a distinct lack of acting skills caused studio executives to question Ed Pressman’s choice of leading man.
But the executives were proven wrong, and this movie launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career and secured for him a place in the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.
Take a look through the slides and find out why, despite the lack of love from the critics at the time, Conan the Barbarian became the cult classic we know and love today.
10. Schwarzenegger’s Fitness Regimen
Schwarzenegger was 33 when the filming of Conan began and he had been out of the bodybuilding circuit for a few years.
He expended such an attempt regaining his shape for the role that he decided to come out of retirement and enter Mr. Olympia one last time in 1980. He won.