As part of efforts to promote his new movie "The Last Stand," former Gov. of Calif. Arnold Schwarzenegger, hosted reporters at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio where he keeps an M47 Patton tank, the type he drove when he served in the Army.
He took several reporters on a ride in the 50-ton tank he bought in 1992 and drove it over an old Mercedes Benz car which was flattened in the process.
Schwarzenegger told reports that the M47 Patton tank is “exactly the very tank that I drove in the Austrian Army when I was 18 years old."
According to Yahoo! Movie Talk, Schwarzenegger said he served in the Austrian military after he finished trade school. He said: "I learned how to drive the tank, which was always my fascination, I think, because I grew up after the war, and I saw the British troops that occupied our area. So I always wanted to be a tank driver."
According to Schwarzenegger, "he would go off on maneuvers for weeks at a time. In the evenings, they would dig out a trench that he would roll the tank over, and he and his crew would sleep on the dirt underneath."
He also told reporters that the side of the tank has a toolbox in which he kept his weightlifting equipment for training when they were away from army base.
According to Yahoo! Movie Talk, Schwarzenegger originally brought the tank to the US as part of a planned Planet Hollywood establishment in Las Vegas. But when the plan did not work out, he kept the tank at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio where the recent "Django Unchained" movie was shot. According to Yahoo! the ranch also has a collection of military vehicles used in making movies.
In his upcoming movie “The Last Stand,” Schwarzenegger is a small-town sheriff who confronts an escaped drug kingpin. The films also stars Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro and Jaimie Alexander,
According to Yahoo! Movie Talk, "The Last Stand" opens on January 18.