Tuesday 26 September 2017

Arnie praises 'action hero' troops

Arnold Schwarzenegger has praised British soldiers
Arnold Schwarzenegger has praised British soldiers

Arnold Schwarzenegger has hailed British troops as the "true action heroes".

The movie star and politician joined Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, where he met soldiers from 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards.

He told the troops: "I get hailed a lot of times when I travel around the world as being the action hero. But I know the difference between a movie action hero who is make-believe and the true action heroes.

"You all are the true action heroes because you are risking your life. You are risking your life every day when you go out to the front so I say thank you, thank you, thank you for the great work that you are doing."

Speaking in front of about 300 troops, the governor of California said: "I'm always interested to hang out with heroes."

He paid tribute to the UK armed forces for being "great partners" with the US and doing a "great job".

The former Mr Universe said he had walked about the barracks and visited the gym.

He said: "First of all, I was amazed when I saw your guys pumping up in the gym with those deltoids and those biceps and the six-pack. Wow, you guys are really in great shape."

But he said he then went to the rehabilitation centre where he met a man who had a cage around his lower leg with pins through it who was undergoing months of intense recovery treatment.

He said: "That, to me, is really tough and brave. To make this mental adjustment and to go through this pain and torture and through the rehabilitation training, I admire that."

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