9. Bergman’s Finger Was Nearly Cut Off During a Fight Scene
Instead of asking if the actress was okay, Milius allegedly shouted, “Valeria [her character] would never let that happen!” Schwarzenegger seriously injured his knee onset when he was thrown from a horse. Despite barely being able to walk, the real-life tough guy finished the last weeks of shooting.
10. Schwarzenegger Was Originally Supposed to Narrate the Film
Producers switched the duties over fear his accent was too thick.
11. The Production Was Slated to Be Shot Entirely in Yugoslavia
The country’s uneasy political atmosphere caused filming to be delayed for six months.
12. It Then Moved to Spain
The film was shot in the Madrid and Almeria regions over five months.
13. The Swords Were Expensive
The two primary swords in the film—Conan’s father’s sword and the sword he takes from the Atlantean skeleton—were real 9-pound carbon steel swords that cost $100,000 each to create. They were made with blunt edges for safety reasons. Fiberglass and aluminum copies were made of each for fight scenes.
14. Training Was Super Tough
The three main actors underwent a grueling two-hours-a-day, three-days-a-week fight training regimen for five months straight, taught by martial arts master Kiyoshi Yamazaki. Yamazaki makes an appearance in the film as Conan’s sword instructor from the East.
15. Schwarzenegger Did All of His Own Stunts
The filmmakers were unable to find a matching body double his size.