Arnold Schwarzenegger Breaks His Doctor-Ordered Diet in the Best Way Possible

The Terminator is back. In case you haven’t heard, there will be a sixth movie in the series. Terminator: Dark Fate will be going back to the beginning, in a way.

The project is produced by James Cameron, who worked on the first Terminator movie. He’s the one who recruited Arnold Schwarzenegger to the film franchise, and launched him onto the Hollywood scene. 

Schwarzenegger was grateful for the opportunity

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during a press conference
Arnold Schwarzenegger | Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

He had enough of bodybuilding. 

“There was a time where I wanted to be the most muscular man onstage and to wipe out everyone else was the most important thing. There was literally nothing more important than that. But when I won the last Mr. Olympia [in 1980], I said, ‘What am I doing still running out with a little bathing suit here, oiled up?'”

But being an actor was going to be an uphill battle for him. He thought that because of his accent, it would be harder for him to make the A-list. Thanks to Cameron, it wasn’t. Cameron’s Terminator role led to Schwarzenegger being a verified action hero.

He went on to star in many more action franchises, and even comedies. He thinks that what happened to him was kind of special. “In the history of Hollywood, no one ever came here with an accent and became a leading man [like that].”

So Schwarzenegger is excited about the chance to be on a project with Cameron again. In some ways, getting back into the role is like riding a bike. Schwarzenegger is extremely comfortable with it.

As he puts it, “you put the clothes on, you get into the scene and you feel like you’ve never really left.”

Being in an action movie isn’t always easy at 72

On the other hand, Schwarzenegger can’t deny that he’s a lot older than he was when he started acting. It takes more prep for him to keep up on set, and it’s not always easy.

“It’s demanding. I’m 72 and you shoot from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning, and no one is telling you, ‘OK, if you need to, go take a nap now,’ like they normally do with elderly people.”

He’s on special diet

While we can’t call the Terminator elderly, he has had his share of health problems. A heart surgery led his doctor to prescribe him a plant-based diet. He’s trying, but he’s not afraid to admit he has his fair share of cheat days.

“If I’m in Austria, I still have a Wiener schnitzel, I sometimes buy ice cream and I still make my steaks.”

He loves ice cream and admits that he has a serious sweet tooth. 

 The ice cream is one thing, but the steaks might make his doctor cringe. He can’t help it, he has to eat them. His family demands it. “My kids come over and say, ‘Daddy, can you make our favorite steaks? You are the best steak maker.'” Yes, Schwarzenegger’s children are grown. The youngest is 22. But apparently they haven’t learned how to cook steaks the way dad does. 

It’s possible that Chris Pratt, the popular star of Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park, may be enjoying some of Schwarzenegger’s special steaks soon.

Pratt is married to Schwarzenegger’s daughter. While having Schwarzenegger for a father in law would intimidate anyone, it may be worse for Pratt since he’s always been a fan.

Apparently he tried to meet Schwarzenegger when they were both filming in the same city, but Schwarzenegger was too busy for him.

Pratt told him they’d have to meet up in LA someday instead, and “that someday was when he came over with Katherine.”