Film & TV

Vlad Yudin, Director of Generation Iron, on Steroids, Meatheads, and Why Size Matters

Long before Arnold was the Governator, the Terminator, or cheating hubby of Maria Shriver, he was the original meathead. A legend in the bodybuilding world, Schwarzenegger was immortalized onscreen in the classic bodybuilding flick Pumping Iron.

Arnold's achievements launched a generation of bodybuilders who've since taken the sport to new heights of bulging biceps, swollen pecs, and rock-hard abs. This weekend, a fresh, modern-day installment of the 1977 original hits theaters. Generation Iron is an up-close look at the lives of professional bodybuilders and their journeys to the Mr. Olympia competition, narrated by Mickey Rourke.

Ahead of the film's release this Friday, we spoke with Director Vlad Yudin about the meathead stigma, sensitive musclemen, and big egos.

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