“It is frustrating to hear”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Documentary Faced a Brutal Criticism the Director Still Can’t Digest

Lesley Chilcott Answers The Critics For Their Harsh Criticism

"It is frustrating to hear": Arnold Schwarzenegger Documentary Faced a Brutal Criticism the Director Still Can't Digest

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  • Lesley Chilcott is the woman behind the documentary on Arnold Schwarzenegger's life which displayed some of the biggest and most important episodes of the actor's life.
  • The documentary was brutally criticized by the critics as it looked like Schwarzenegger was in control of the project, and not Chilcott.
  • Lesley Chilcott is furious about the brutal criticism she received for her work.
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Considered to be the most recognizable action star of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger has left an indelible mark in the action genre as he often came up with something new that would leave the fans sitting at the edge of their seats, expecting a jaw-dropping action sequence. Schwarzenegger is not only a big name in Hollywood but also a phenomenal bodybuilder, as he has won Mr Olympia seven times in his career.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life is no less than a movie and it is fascinating to have a close look at the man’s life through his documented biography titled Arnold. The documentary is intriguing and well-received among the viewers. However, Lesley Chilcott is furious about the brutal criticism she received for her work.

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Lesley Chilcott was Furious For The Harsh Criticism of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Documentary

Lesley Chilcott is the woman behind the documentary on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life which displayed some of the biggest and most important episodes of the actor’s life. The 76-year-old actor has lived life as an actor, athlete, and an American politician, it also featured glimpses of his difficult childhood. While the documentary was well-received among the fans as it showcased their favorite actor from a different light, it was brutally criticized by the critics as it looked like the Predator actor was in control of the project, and not Chilcott.

A still from Netflix's Arnold
A still from Netflix’s Arnold

During an exclusive interview with the LA Times, she stated that the actor did not possess editorial control over Arnold, as she wanted to unravel every episode from the Commando actor’s life.

“There are a lot of documentaries now where the star commissions the project, but Arnold did not have editorial control. What was important to me was that no topic was off the table and we hit all of his popularly known failures or controversies.”

“This seemed to be the right time in his life, where he knew he needed to talk about things and was willing to do it. He seemed to understand that, ‘I’m going to be remembered for my successes but people remember the failures too.'”

A still from Arnold
A still from Arnold

In a different interview with GQ, Lesley Chilcott was asked about the criticism, she faced for the documentary, how she lacked the editorial control and power over the actor’s documentary, and if it felt frustrating. The director answered,

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“I can understand how it could appear that way, because Arnold obviously participated. We didn’t chronicle Arnold’s life in clips. It’s not a clip show. He sat for multiple interviews. So I expected it a bit. It is frustrating to hear, because he knew he couldn’t have that kind of control. But this is a guy who comes across as being in control in every situation.”

While Chilcott was frustrated to hear the brutal criticism for Arnold, she talks about the real Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one that fans do not get to see in the action films that he does.

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Lesley Chilcott Talks About The Real Arnold Schwarzenegger

In the same interview with GQ, Lesley Chilcott was asked if she felt that Schwarzenegger “was playing up his public persona for the camera?” She replied that the actor lives to enjoy life and he is like that when he is not playing a character.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian

“I can’t comment on that scene, as I didn’t do it. However, after we were done with filming outside of Arnold’s house one day — with the mini-donkey and the horse — Arnold goes, ‘I’ll be back in fifteen minutes.’ He got one of his colleagues, threw his cigar in his mouth that he hasn’t smoked all morning, got in the biodiesel Hummer, and flew down his driveway, at a million miles an hour. And this really is him. He lives to have fun. His real personality is not completely different from his brand.”

While Arnold Schwarzenegger is different from his movies, he remains one of the most influential men as he shares awareness of the importance of exercise and how to live to the fullest.

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Arnold can be streamed on Netflix.

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.