Actress Miriam Margolyes: Arnold Schwarzenegger farted in my face

I love Miriam Margolyes interviews. Outside of her work, I mainly know her from her Graham Norton visits. She is one salty old broad and and does not give a whit whom she trashes. One of my unobtainable bucket list items is to sit in a room with her swapping stories with Alan Carr about people they’ve met. And maybe invite Hugh Grant too because he’s always good for a roast. But Miriam will still give the most shocking story, no matter who is in attendance. Woe betide the poor sucker who finds themselves on her bad side, like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Miriam was asked who her least favorite co-star was and she offered up Arnold. They worked together on End of Days and got off on the wrong foot almost immediately. By Miriam’s account, the feeling was mutual and in one scene where Arnold’s character is killing hers, she claims he deliberately farted in her face as he held her pinned to the ground.

Miriam Margolyes found her End of Days costar Arnold Schwarzenegger full of hot air.

The beloved British-Australian actress, 81, said the former governor of California, 74, “was actually quite rude” while filming the 1999 biblical horror flick, claiming he “deliberately” “farted “in her face on’s I’ve Got News for You podcast.

She made the gassy allegation when asked who was her least favorite costar and she explained that she “didn’t care for him” as “he’s a bit too full of himself” before launching into the unfortunate anecdote.

“He farted in 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 said.

“I was playing Satan’s sister and he was killing me, so he had me in a position where I couldn’t escape and lying on the floor. And he just farted,” Margolyes explained. “It wasn’t on film, it was in one of the pauses, but I haven’t forgiven him for it.”

[From People]

Did this happen? I know Miriam believes her account of the story. She always does. No amount of fact-checking can sway her either. It’s also possible that things happened exactly as she described. In that case, my question is: was it deliberate? If Arnold had announced his gaseous intentions, I know she would have included that detail. There is a chance, if he excused himself or apologized, that got left out because clearly, Miriam had formed her opinion by that point. And let’s face it, Arnold picks and chooses the women he wants to respect. I don’t know. And it doesn’t matter because Miriam will keep telling this story and it will get funnier each telling.

However, if our former governor did this, what a d*ck. I get that co-workers don’t always get along, but that level of disrespect is hostile. It’s also the kind of story one would expect from a frat house hazing, which is why I might be inclined to believe it happened. Arnold’s camp hasn’t responded yet. I wouldn’t hold my breath for them to either. I guess the big takeaway here is we won’t be getting an End of Days sequel. Or we will, and it will be Miriam’s character come back to life and she wipes out Arnold’s compound with a toxic fart. And then she rides off on his miniature donkey.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    I LOVE Miriam so much – so is just soo funny. She wrote a book about her life please please read it.

    Graham needs to have her on his show every week – I adore the way that she sometimes makes the other guests squirm with her stories.

  2. WiththeAmerican says:

    This is the least of his on set transgressions and not uncommon. The horrible stories never came out, even when he got busted for sexual harassment of multiple women. He liked young women brought to his trailer, according to a higher up who worked with him in several films. Had no idea how he got elected after those harassment stories came out, but now post Trump, I get it. Men can do anything to women and be forgiven if they’re republicans.

    • MeganC says:

      I guess this was more of his “rowdy” and “playful” behavior that he claimed was misunderstood when it was exposed in 2003. What a creep.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        Yeah, “rowdy”. I had a very good gay female friend who voted for him after those accusations came out. I argued with her for hours. She loved his tax plan. She isn’t rich.

        I lost a lot of faith in women advocating for their own best interests after that.

        Of course, I know that Black women have saved this country repeatedly. I’m talking about dominant culture among predominantly white women and women raised in christian/catholic backgrounds , sucking up to patriarchy, and the belief that somehow we are except from horrible behavior by men toward other women.

    • Cairidh says:

      In Ancient Rome a politician was on trial accused of buying votes. The prosecutors, trying to make him look bad, told the court when he was young he’d raped a young actress (they started on stage age 12 so she may have been a Child or teenager). The defence lawyers response was the only thing you can find to say against him, is he raped an actress, which is a long-standing tradition, a mere trifle. He laughed and the public (men) in the gallery laughed.

      Buying votes was considered a serious crime. Raping a teenager, nothing. Laughable even to mention.

    • Mary Tosti says:

      I remember those stories… they seemed to go away rather quickly.

    • Josephine says:

      I honestly think that the worse a man is to women, the more likely the average republican is to vote for them. and let’s not forget that there are tons of women who somehow get off on voting for these men who abuse women.

  3. Gil says:

    I know people who are into high protein regimes to build their bodies. I mean people who look as beef as Arnold. And they are always gassy. Could it be that Arnold was gassy and a jerk?

  4. helonearth says:

    I remember a similar story about Debra Winger farting at Shirley MacLaine on the set of Terms of Endearment.

    Weird behaviour considering you can’t exactly get away from your co stars for weeks or even months until filming wraps.

  5. badrockandroll says:

    Has anyone seen the show where Miriam and Alan Cumming tour Scotland in an RV? Pretty damn funny, but kind of sad too, since there was a lot of emotional baggage in that van.

  6. MissMarirose says:

    I believe her. There are so many stories about Arnold being a disrespectful person with frat boy tendencies. Even Maria Shriver admitted he did “pranks” on her that just came off sounding rude and unfunny. Power trips disguised as practical jokes.
    So, yeah, farting in someone’s face sounds right up his alley.

  7. Sean says:


    You mean you fart in other people’s faces?!

    STOP IT!

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    A guy, at any age, will fart openly and loudly any chance they get. Especially if it will garner laughter from those around. Hand to heart, men can’t help themselves. Make no mistake, they COULD help themselves, but never do.

  9. TIFFANY says:

    Let’s see, who to believe, a man who has a extensive history of being a terror on set, especially to women, or a woman who has not.

    Who to believe? Huh.

  10. I have faith in her. There are several reports of Arnold being a rude guy with frat boy inclinations. Even Maria Shriver said he played “pranks” on her that came off as nasty and unfunny. Power excursions masquerading as practical jokes