Arnold needs no introduction. The Austrian Oak, the Governator, the “pumping is like coming” bodybuilder—he’s been a part of American consciousness for decades, whether he’s Mr. Universe, the T-800, or the governor of California. Moving to the U.S. at the age of 21 with the dream of pursuing fame and fortune through bodybuilding, and knowing very little English, he’s cemented his legacy as a true American badass, building his career through sheer force of will and determination (and admittedly some pretty damn good genetics and a little pharmaceutical help).
Arnold became especially well-known through his role in multiple 80s actions movies (Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator and T2: Judgment Day, Commando, The Running Man, Predator… the list goes on). As a muscle bound freak of few words, Arnold was perfect for those roles and is considered by many to be the quintessential action movie star. Although Arnold is probably best known for his action roles in the Terminator flicks, there’s little doubt that his most manly, badass, old-school action movie role is in 1985’s Commando. Arnie plays John Matrix (would you fuck with an ex-commando named John Matrix?) who must take revenge on a former member of his special operations team who has kidnapped his daughter. Is this plot dumb as a bag of Beyoncé fans? Yes. But does it really matter? The 80s were a simpler time, when action movies didn’t need to be smart—you just needed a villain, some guns and explosions, maybe a titty or two, and a good guy who was always a man of action and conviction and could probably roundhouse somebody’s head off. That’s why old-school action heroes are awesome, and why we’re bringing you Arnold’s top 10 old school manly badass moments from Commando.