One day in the late 1980s, Arnold Schwarzenegger walked into Osteria Romana Orsini on Pico Boulevard in Beverly Hills and sat down for, possibly, the most fortuitous meal of his life. The spot was not an old haunt. The action hero was there only because his friend had suggested it. “He’s like, ‘Let’s go to this nice Italian restaurant,’” the actor says.
In between bites of pasta, Schwarzenegger noticed Paul Verhoeven at a nearby table. The director was coming off making RoboCop, which the Terminator himself naturally loved: “I thought that this idea of being a machine and all that stuff, we have done it, but it was a whole new spin.
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