Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, renowned action movie star, professional bodybuilder, and author, recently played a captivating prank on unsuspecting patrons at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. In a twist of irony, the Terminator star, who once portrayed a formidable cybernetic assassin in a world dominated by Skynet, an artificial intelligence (AI), pretended to be an AI chatbot offering wisdom on various topics.
Schwarzenegger shared the details of this humorous deception on Threads, stating, “This was a fun trick I pulled on a lot of people who thought they were asking advice from an AI trained by my new book. But Arnold Intelligence wasn’t your average machine.”
Gymgoers were seated before a large box with a waveform monitor, expecting to interact with a “vocal approximation” of Schwarzenegger. His voice reassured them, “You can ask me absolutely anything.” However, the twist was that the real Schwarzenegger was concealed inside the box, generating advice not from a vast language library but from his own thoughts.
The patrons inquired about motivation, personal vision development, and professional bodybuilding, seeking guidance from the icon.
One woman asked for advice on navigating a marriage, to which Schwarzenegger responded, “I would not consider myself an expert in this subject,” humorously acknowledging his own experience as a divorced father of four who separated from television journalist Maria Shriver in 2011. He added, “Pay attention to what the other person feels, not just how you feel.”
A pregnant woman inquired, “If there’s one thing you would tell a first-time parent, what would it be?” Schwarzenegger advised, “Relax and just enjoy the moment,” and he revealed himself to the awestruck advice-seekers. He even treated them to a reenactment of his famous movie line, “Get to the chopper!”
This entertaining event, which took place on September 29, was orchestrated by New York ad agency Orchard Creative, as reported by Adweek. Barney Robinson, CEO of Orchard Creative, stated that the underlying message was Schwarzenegger’s belief in humanity’s limitless potential and his genuine desire to help people achieve it.
Schwarzenegger is no stranger to using his celebrity for charitable purposes and frequently engages in pranks and acts of goodwill.