IT was a twist ending fit for a Hollywood blockbuster.
Movie megastar Arnold Schwarzenegger had captivated an audience of hundreds during a once-in-a-lifetime appearance at Elland Road.
And as The Terminator star’s memorable set drew to a close, he invited couple Dean Goulding, 29, and Jessica Eddy, 25, on stage, where Dean got down on one knee and popped the question in front of the former Mr Universe.
Jessica told the YEP: “I still can’t believe it, I’m so shocked. It feels like I’m in a dream.”
Speaking about her admiration for the global superstar, she said: “Arnie comes across the funniest person and seems so grounded and really kind-hearted – and what he did for us really shows that.”
University receptionist Jessica has been dating Dean – a physical trainer in the navy – for over six years.
She added: “I’m a massive Arnie fan but Dean’s the one who has lots of pictures of him round the house!”
Dean, who is on his way to Bahrain for six months for work, said: “It was amazing. He’s my idol!”
Action icon Arnie, famed for his roles in blockbusters including Predator and The Running Man, posted a video of the proposal online, saying: “This was a first. Spoiler: She said yes. Congratulations! I wish you the best.”
The video already has around 30,000 hits on YouTube.
During his captivating two-hour set, hosted by Jonathan Ross, Arnie talked movies, bodybuilding and politics.
The former Governor of California appeared at Leeds United’s home ground on Friday, November 14, in one of only two UK appearances, and paid a glowing tribute to inspirational Loiner Reg Park.
Former Leeds United reserve player Reg went on to be crowned Mr Universe and starred in Hercules movies.
Arnie, 67, told the crowd: “It’s wonderful to be back in Leeds.
“For me it’s kind of emotional coming here because my idol Reg Park was born in Leeds.
“He was one of the best bodybuilders of all time and is one of the people who was most inspirational for me.”
Speaking about his impressive career, he said: “It is a dream come true. I want to let people know that anyone can do it. Anyone of us is a champion.”
Arnie also helped auction an array of movie memorabilia, raising thousands for Leeds-based Candlelighters and Global’s Make Some Noise Charity.
He even coughed up £15,000 to buy one of the lots himself – a mosaic of the Terminator.
Pic: Steve Searle