Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes about Shaq towering over him in the photo… while sons share funny comments
The Arnold Sports Festival 2021, one of the most prestigious bodybuilding competitions in the world, takes place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
Founded in 1989 and named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, the event was set to kick off in March but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before hosting the competition on Saturday, the event’s namesake enjoyed a quiet and funny moment with former NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal that caught the attention of two of Schwarzenegger’s sons.
Hilarious: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, joked about Shaquille O’Neal, 49, towering over him in a photo taken during the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival competition in Columbus, Ohio
After sharing the greetings, Schwarzenegger, 74, had a photo taken next to Shaq, and the obvious height difference didn’t make it past the Terminator.
“Great to see my friend @shaq in Columbus, although I don’t know why he always insists on standing on a 2-foot box when he’s with me,” joked the former California governor and bodybuilding champion.
“I’m here for the @arnoldsports, he’s here to do a fantastic DJ show. We shared an office years ago and I am thrilled to see his continued success.”
At 7ft1in tall, the former great of Los Angeles Lakers towers over Schwarzenegger, even though he’s 6ft2in himself.
Funny: Two of the son of former California governor Joseph Baena and Patrick Schwarzenegger joked about the difference in height, including a reference to the actor’s 1988 comedy film Twins
Throwback snap: Patrick Schwarzenegger noted how his dad’s photo with Shaq reminds him of the movie poster for their comedy buddy movie Twins (1988)
Like Father, Like Son: Both Joseph and Patrick have followed in their father’s footsteps by staying in shape through weight-bearing bodybuilding
Joseph Baena, the son of the leading action movie star, couldn’t resist sharing a funny comment. “When does @shaq do his guest pose routine?”
Baena, 23, is Schwarzenegger’s son from his extramarital affair he had with his family’s former domestic worker, Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena.
His other son, Patrick Schwarzenegger, from his marriage to Maria Shriver, also felt the need to joke with his father about the height difference between his father and Shaq.
‘A bit like the Twins poster!!’ the actor, 28, wrote in a reference to the movie poster for his father’s comedy film, Twins (1988), which he did with Danny DeVito.
Namesake: The Terminator played host to Saturday’s final at the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival
Host: Arnold was also on a panel at the finale of his bodybuilding event
Competitive: The @armoldsports event is one of the most prestigious bodybuilding for men
During the day, Schwarzenegger also took to his Instagram page and shared some photos and video clips taken during the Arnold Classic competition.
The event is considered the second most prestigious event in professional bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini for men, after Joe Weider’s Olympia, and has also been the second most prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding.
The world-class athletes compete for $438,000 in prize money and the title of Arnold Champion.
“It’s been a tough time for our athletes and our fans, and I’m so proud to host this show for you,” the host shared in another Instagram post earlier on Saturday, before posting the livestream link to the annual event.
Promo Mode: Schwarzenegger also took to his Instagram page and shared some photos and video clips taken during the Arnold Classic competition
With a weight in hand: the former bodybuilding champion joined the broadcast
Title: Athletes Compete for $438,000 in Prize Money and the Arnold Champion Title
Tribute: The action star also paid tribute to Jim Lorimer, the man who helped launch @anoldsports 32 years ago