Miriam Margolyes has opened up about her disdain for Arnold Schwarzenegger, a week after revealing he once purposely farted in her face while filming a movie 25 years ago.
While the disgusting act would be enough to sully anyone’s first impression, the actress says there was more to the encounter that left Arnie in her bad books, alleging he was also a “groper.”
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After exclusively revealing her grudge against the terminator actor on news.com.au’s I’ve Got News For You podcast, Margolyes appeared on Kyle and Jackie O this morning to explain the ins-and-outs of the incident.
Jackie O was the first to pose the important question of whether the allegedly-deliberate offense was “smelly.”
“The actual odor has dissipated over the years because I truly cannot remember,” Margolyes began.
“But I didn’t like it, I know that,” she said, adding that in the 25 years since, she has managed to recover.
“It may well have been deadly, I just can’t remember. I do remember that he was pretty deadly, the fart was immaterial,” she said.
When pressed on what it was like to work with the actor-turned-politician, Margolyes called Arnie a “groper,” claiming he couldn’t keep his hands to himself.
“I didn’t enjoy it at all, I thought he was full of himself and a groper,” she said.
“He wasn’t groping me, thankfully, but anybody else who was young and pretty, he felt they were fair game. That was what it was like then,” she added.
The British veteran movie and TV star – who appeared in the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Sprout – first lifted the lid on her least favorite former co-star to news.com.au’s podcast, I’ve Got News For You.
“Schwarzenegger, didn’t care for him … he’s a bit too full of himself,” Margolyes, 81, told host Andrew Bucklow.
“He was actually quite rude. I have farted on my face. Now, I fart, of course I do – but I don’t fart in people’s faces. He did it deliberately, right in my face.”
Margolyes claims Arnie’s intentional flatulence occurred on the set of 1999 action horror film, End of dayswhich was filmed in Los Angeles.
“I was playing Satan’s sister and (his character) was killing me, so he had me in a position where I couldn’t escape, lying on the floor. And he just farted,” Margolyes said.
“It wasn’t on film, it was in one of the pauses, but I haven’t forgiven him for it.”
Margolyes’ new show for the ABC, Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked, premiered last week.
The program follows the star’s travels across Australia, during which she tries to determine if everyday Aussies feel like they’re still getting “a fair go” in 2022.
She described the production as “huge fun”, but added that filming the three-part series left her “f**king exhausted”.
The BAFTA-winning actress became a citizen in 2013 after years of dividing her time between London and Australia.
She now lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales with her longtime partner, Heather Sutherland, a retired Australian professor of Indonesian studies. The two have been together since 1968.
Margolyes faced backlash following the release of her ABC documentary Almost Australian back in 2020, after describing her adopted country as “brutal” and “greedy” during a promotional interview at the time
She said the filming process left her feeling disenchanted with Australia – in particular, popular tourist destination Surfer’s Paradise.