On January 15th, 2013, the Governator — armed with nothing more than an iPad, his razor sharp wit, and the confidence that comes from being in one of the greatest movies ever made, “Twins” — stormed the Internet to take part in Reddit’s hugely popular IAmA = “I Am A” subreddit, asking users to AMA = “Ask Me Anything”. This section of the popular social news site allows users to submit themselves to the community, giving people the chance to ask them any question they’d like. Arnold’s AMA was hugely popular, garnering 35,700 up votes in the first three hours of his submission. One of the coolest aspects of his AMA is that he came armed with technology, and a willingness to draw.
The coolest thing about an AMA is that you can submit as a regular person yet ask people questions who have a cool job, or some wildly interesting experiences to share. The other cool part, and most popular, are the celebrity posts. Here they use Reddit as a free vehicle to pitch their newest movie, or television role. This is where Arnold shined during his AMA — he didn’t just talk about his new movie, he connected with his fans in a real, heartfelt way.
User Baron_Brouhaha wrote to Arnold and told him that he was an inspiration to his father who died 9 years ago. Here’s the original message:
“Arnold, you were an inspiration to my father who died 9 years ago. He framed your cover of Vanity Fair magazine, signed it himself, put it on his desk, and told everyone that you signed it for the entirety of his career as a trainer. I just wanted to let you know that you were a very personal hero for my father and if he were alive today, he’d be first in line to see every one of your movies.”
To which he replied with a drawing from his iPad:
Even in our ever connected world, this hand drawn message from Arnold speaks volumes to his fans, and to the memory of those who have passed. It’s no doubt that this message will soon be framed and placed next to Arnold’s signed Vanity Fair cover, this time with a legitimate signature.
User Pyrao asked Arnold: “What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received in your life?” Arnold responded with a simple, yet valuable response with some sound advice he received from his father:
User jlarue asked Arnold: “My daughter Chloe who is 9 is a big fan of yours. She would like to ask which role is more fun to prepare for action or comedic roles?” Arnold replied by letting Chloe in on a little secret he’s been hiding:
Some users were even trying to pinpoint the happiest day in Arnold’s life, with one user using a movie still of Arnold petting a deer. We all knew that couldn’t be right, then user Futbalar posted this photo of when Arnold officially became a U.S. citizen. Arnold responded with a definitive: “Futbalar wins.”
To top it all off, Arnold showed the Internet that he has another hidden talent: drawing. His version of the Reddit Alien was swiftly put in its rightful place as the official icon of the Reddit front page.
Via: Reddit IAmA