The delight on his face was clear to see.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger looked enthralled to unveil a huge bronze statue which portrayed him in his bodybuilding days.
The Hollywood star was the guest of honour at the opening of a museum dedicated to his life.
It has been installed in his former childhood home in Teal, southern Austria.
Hundreds of fans – many dressed in Terminator-style leather jackets – turned up to see their idol.
The 56-year-old told the crowd he hoped his journey from bodybuilder to movie star to politician would inspire people.
"It is my great wish that everyone who visits this museum fully understands that everyone can be successful in their own way," he said.
"Everyone. Stay hungry! That was one of my first movies, it has always been my philosophy. This house should carry this message."
Items on display include the first bodybuilding weights he used as a teenager and the desk from his governor's office in Sacramento.
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