Schwarzenegger’s humble response as footage from a different angle shows he barely flinched when kicked in back

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during a press conference at The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images,)
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To hear legendary author, filmmaker, former California governor and retired professional bodybuilder/powerlifter Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, tell it, he didn’t even know he’d been dropkicked in the back until he heard about it from the Internet.

“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot,” he tweeted Saturday after footage of him being dropkilled from the back at the Arnold Sports Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, went viral across the Internet.

“I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,” he added, thus cementing his legacy as the real-life Terminator.

You think he was kidding, though? You think he was just joshing around? You think he was just trying to shrug off any embarrassment he’d felt at being dropkicked? Au contraire, mon frère!

Additional footage captured from the event proves that Schwarzenegger meant every word he’d written.

Look:

It was like watching “a mosquito kickin a rhino,” as actor Mario Lopez put it. Lopez played A.C. Slater on the uber-popular 90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”

Others shared similar comments on social media:

Mind you, Schwarzenegger isn’t interested in being praised for barely flinching. Nor does he want folks to spend too much time sharing videos of the altercation. He’d rather people share footage of the 24,000 amazing “athletes of all ages and abilities” who attended his annual festival.

Look:

What makes a man stronger — humility, or being able to easily withstand a dropkick from the  back?

For those who feel compelled to share a video anyway, Schwarzenegger requested that they share the newest one — versus the original one — because of its notable blurriness.

“And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight,” he tweeted. “By the way… block or charge?”

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The latter statement was a basketball-related joke.

“A block/charge foul occurs when a defender tries to get in front of his man to stop him from going in that direction,” the NBA’s rules state. “If he does not get into a legal defensive position and contact occurs, it is a blocking foul. If he gets to a legal position and the offensive player runs into him it is an offensive foul. In both situations, if the contact is marginal, no foul may be called.”

Social media users had no problem playing along:

While it’s unclear what happened to the perpetrator, what’s known is that immediately following the attack he’d yelled, “Help me, I need a Lamborghini.”

Sorry, pal, but you’re not getting a Lamborghini. But luckily for you, you’re not getting terminated either, so you might want to consider counting your blessings!

PS: Hasta la vista, baby!

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