Arnold Schwarzenegger remembers biting a dead vulture for the Conan the Barbarian scene

Arnold Schwarzenegger reflected on a bizarre moment in his career as a dead vulture for a film scene.

The 76-year-old action movie star first gave fans a glimpse into his life earlier this year with a three-part Netflix documentary series simply titled Arnold.

Schwarzenegger has now published his travel guide, Be Useful: Seven Tools for Lifeconsisting of the seven rules that have helped him achieve international success.

In the memoir, released on Tuesday, October 10, the former bodybuilder and governor of California recalls the discipline he displayed during the filming of the 1982 sword-fighting action film Conan the Barbarian.

Schwarzenegger played the title character in the John Milius-directed feature film, for which he had to perform several impressive stunts.

“I learned to ride horses, camels and elephants. “I learned how to jump from large rocks, how to climb and swing on long ropes, how to fall from great heights,” he writes in the book.

“Basically I went to another vocational school, this one for aspiring action heroes.”

Schwarzenegger then goes into more detail describing some of the more unpleasant demands and implications of taking on the role, including a wound to his back that required 40 stitches.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (right) as Conan the Barbarian

(Twentieth Century Fox)

He writes: “Moreover, Milius made me do all sorts of terrible things. I crawled through rocks, shot after shot, until my forearms bled. I ran away from wild dogs who managed to catch me and drag me into a thorn bush.”

Then that is it Kindergarten police officer The actor mentioned that he had to bite a dead vulture several times for the scene where Conan is tied to a tree.

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“I bit a real, dead vulture, so I had to rinse my mouth with alcohol after every shot. (Peta [the animal rights organisation] I would have a lot of fun with that.),” he jokes.

Elsewhere the Twins Star recently reflected on his life and spoke about feeling a sense of contentment in his mid-seventies.

“Today I feel good where I am,” he said People Magazine. I feel like I’m a lot wiser. I’m much smarter. I’m not that crazy. I think more about people. I think more about people’s feelings.

“You don’t do something like that when you’re 20. It’s me, me, me, me. Over time you learn from your mistakes.”

Schwarzenegger has four children with his ex-wife Maria Shriver: Katherine (33), Christina (32), Patrick (30) and Christopher (26). He shares a son, 26-year-old Joseph, with Maria Baena.

He is also grandfather to his eldest child Katherine’s two daughters with husband Chris Pratt: Lyla, three, and one-year-old Eloise.

Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life is out now.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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