Arnold Schwarzenegger: I woke up every morning with the fear that my father would beat me
Arnold Schwarzenegger calls his father a Nazi as he recalls suffering brutal beatings and abuse as a child.
The actor recalled how he woke up scared every morning from the fear of violence.
The "Terminator" actor, 75, talks about his difficult childhood with his father Gustav, who was a member of the Nazi party, and mother Aurelia, in a Netflix documentary about his life.
He considers the father a 'tyrant' for his behavior towards the two sons. Arnold tells how his father pitted the two sons against each other in challenges and competitions.
"At times he was a kind father, and other times when he came drunk at three in the morning he shouted," says Arnold.
"We'd wake up with our hearts racing any moment he might hit my mom or go crazy, so it was a weird kind of violence."
"That's why I became a rebel. Every time I got hit and every time someone told me, You can't do this, I said, “This isn't going to last long, because I'm going to get out of here. I want to be rich. I want to be somebody.”
The documentary will be on Netflix from June 9.