Behind 'Pumping Iron' Arnold Schwarzenegger is the man to beat to be governor in the upcoming recall race in California. But who is this bodybuilder/actor/businessman? NPR's Alex Chadwick gets some insight from the director of Pumping Iron, the documentary film that launched Schwarzenegger's career. View a photo gallery of behind-the-scenes shots of the making of the 1977 film.
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Behind 'Pumping Iron'

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Behind 'Pumping Iron'

Behind 'Pumping Iron'

A Coversation with the Director of Schwarzenegger's Debut Film

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Pumping Iron director George Butler, left, takes a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger working out at Gold's Gym in Venice, Calif. in an image from Butler's 1990 book, Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Portrait Courtesy George Butler/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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The 135 candidates for governor in California's upcoming recall election include business people, an ex-cop and a sumo wrestler. But polls indicate the man to beat is movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. This week, he won the backing of famed investor Warren Buffet, who will be a financial adviser to Schwarzenegger's campaign.

To better understand the Schwarzenegger phenomenon, NPR's Alex Chadwick spoke with George Butler, who directed the 1977 movie Pumping Iron, documenting the Austrian native's quest to win the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title.