12 Heroic Facts You Never Knew About Conan The Barbarian!
Conan The Barbarian, one of the films that helped propel Arnold Schwarzenegger to fame and helped him on his way to becoming one of the biggest action stars of the era. Let’s take a look back at this classic fantasy swords and sorcery movie with some amazing facts you probably never knew…
1. Arnie’s hair was au naturale
In the film, Arnie has long locks of hair, and many thought this was a hair piece, but it was his own hair that he grew especially for the role!
2. Arnie learned how to fight, ride and kill like Conan
To make sure that Arnie was able to perform for this role, he had specialists helping him with weapons training, martial arts and horse riding to ensure he was skilled in all of them.
3. James Earl Jones gave Arnie some acting lessons
With all the specialists on help for the physical side of the role, this just left the acting. Arnie and James Earl Jones became friends on set, and Jones helped Arnie by giving him advice on the acting side of the role.
4. The film’s score has been reused in multiple movie trailers
The powerful score used in the background of Conan the Barbarian has proven to be useful as it is often used as a temporary soundtrack in early cuts of films and has also been used in teasers and trailers for other films since.
5. The set was built in a warehouse outside of Madrid
It took 200 workers to construct the sets for Conan the Barbarian in a large warehouse outside Madrid in Spain, which meant a lot of man hours went in to making the film look right.
6. Arnie made a packet from the film
As well as a wage for starring in Conan, Arnie negotiated the rights to 5% of profits made from the film. Considering the movie banked $130 million at the box office, he’s probably made a few quid from it over the years!
7. One scene proved a bit awkward
The love scene between Arnie and Sandahl Bergman was a first for both of the actors as neither had done a love scene previously. This meant that both felt very awkward during the filming of this part of the movie.
8. The producers only wanted Arnie for the role
For the role of Conan, there was only one actor who was in the frame and that was Arnold Schwarzenegger. No other actors were considered or auditioned for the role!
9. The character doesn’t speak until 20 minutes into the film
It takes more than 20 minutes of the film before Conan has his first line, which is “What is best in life?”, proving that the character was not written for his long speeches or soliloquies!
10. The first choice of director was Ridley Scott
Oliver Stone’s first choice to direct Conan the Barbarian was Ridley Scott when he had just finished directing Alien. Scott declined the the director’s chair was given to John Milius instead.
11. The film was the last of its kind
Conan The Barbarian was the last movie to be released by a major studio that had a Mono soundtrack as the industry was moving to Stereo at the time.
12. Schwarzenegger was wowed by one particular Conan actor
Arnie felt that Max Von Sydow’s performance in Conan was “staggering” and considered Von Sydow to be the first “incredible dramatic actor” that he had ever worked with!
Is Conan The Barbarian one of those films that you can go back and watch again and still enjoy every time you see it? Is it one of your favourite fantasy films, or has it since been eclipsed by other entries in the genre? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!