Actor Vikram’s bodybuilder character from upcoming Tamil magnum opus “I” is inspired from Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime days says its director Shankar. Vikram’s character has been designed keeping in mind the ‘Terminator star’.

“Vikram plays a bodybuilder vying for the Mr. Tamil Nadu title in the film. When we were looking for inspiration for his character, we could only think of Arnold as he’s a bodybuilding legend. That’s how we designed Vikram’s character. Vikram worked extremely hard for the role. We even managed to give him the curls Arnold sported as a young bodybuilder,” Shankar said.

While Vikram gained weight to play the bodybuilder, he lost considerable amount to play another important character in “I”. Also starring Amy Jackson and Upen Patel in important roles, “I” is slated to release during the Diwali festive season.