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Wednesday
May272015

Exclusive: Kevin Sorbo on Conan, Fitness & Arnold!

While out promoting his new project Mythica: A Quest For Heroes, Kevin Sorbo chatted with TheArnoldFans about Arnold Schwarzenegger, fitness, The Legend of Conan and Hercules! Not only have both actors played Hercules, they both soon followed up their Greek mythology acting gigs by staring in barbarian films: Arnold in Conan the Barbarian and Kevin in Kull the Conqueror.

TheArnoldFans: Kevin, what did you think of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hercules in New York?

Kevin Sorbo: “I saw Arnold's movie. His accent was so heavy they actually had to dub his voice. And he obviously LOOKED great. I mean, he is a body builder to begin with. I'm not. I'm an athlete, and I work out all the time. But the Hercules Universal wanted for my series was one that fit the bill of a more athletic quarterback - like an NFL quarterback. So they wanted more of a decathlete looking body - instead of a more steroided body look. So I think that helped me get the part, because I certainly never got as big as Arnold was in his prime.”

TheArnoldFans: What kind of exercises do you do to stay in shape (running, pumping iron, other)?

Kevin Sorbo: “I work out every day. I've got a gym I built at my house. And I do 30 minutes of cardio every day, on top of weightlifting. I'll do arms & shoulders one day. The next day is chest & back. And the third day is legs. And I just rotate that.”

TheArnoldFans:  As you’ve strongly participated in a Robert E Howard project (Kull the Conqueror), let me ask what you think of the fact that Schwarzenegger will be filming a new Conan movie this fall? Also, would you like a role in "The Legend of Conan” with Arnold?

Kevin Sorbo: “I shot that back in 1996. KULL THE CONQUEROR, and it came out in 1997. It was part of all of my Hercules years. Universal Studios let me have 4 months off my schedule to shoot the film over in Slovakia, and Croatia... and I had a great time! I mean, it was fantastic to go there and be part of that project. I had NO idea that Arnold was doing another CONAN movie. And since Robert IS the father of Conan - I think they should give me a part! So they'll have to age me up a bit, if I'm playing the father of Conan - use that Hollywood movie magic. Because Kull is Conan's father in the books, and in the comic books as well. But I'd love the opportunity to work with Arnold. We've never worked together before!”

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