Patrick Schwarzenegger Reveals Dad Arnold Inspired Him to Quit Smoking Weed: 'High on Life Now'

Patrick Schwarzenegger said his a-ha moment came courtesy of dad four years ago on Easter

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is passing his healthy living tips on to son Patrick Schwarzenegger.

The Midnight Sun actor, 25, said Sunday that a 2015 Easter chat with his famous dad inspired him to quit smoking marijuana, and instead focus on getting “high on life.”

“FUN STORY: Few years ago (4 exactly) showed up [a] lil high to Easter brunch… classic. My old man asked why… said ‘I dunno makes thing more fun,’” Patrick recalled. “He replied how much more fun do you need to have, life is so good. I’m high on life. I never want anything that would take me out of my current life. Being high on life is better then [sic] anything else.”

Patrick, who was 21 at the time, said that his father’s wise words had quite the impact, and that he hasn’t touched marijuana since.

“Haven’t smoked since then… just HIGH ON LIFE NOW! Happy & healthy & can’t thank god enough to see another day!” he wrote alongside a smiling selfie of him flashing a peace sign. “Happy 4/20 sorry if that was a buzz kill lol.”

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Arnold, 71, famously smoked a joint in the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron, though he has since said it’s a habit he left behind decades ago.

“I did smoke a joint and I did inhale. The bottom line is that’s what it was in the ‘70s, that’s what I did. I have never touched it since,” he told CBS News in 2002. “I lived a certain life, I want everyone to know that’s the life I lived. As you grow up and as you become more mature, those things change. The only one that’s perfect is God.”

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A commenter on Patrick’s Instagram Sunday referenced the Pumping Iron scene, prompting him to respond, “Yeah & I smoked too. All good. Everyone goes through phases… but was the lesson he learned & then passed onto me that’s important.”

The father and son pair have previously made a show of inspiring each other to get healthy on social media, like in February, when Arnold said he capped a trip to Budapest by indulging in a decadent milkshake.

“Life is all about balance. A 0 degree (celsius) temperature didn’t stop me from my morning bike ride, and my commitment to fitness didn’t stop me from enjoying some not-0 calorie delicious treats. #lifeisaworkout” he posted on Instagram.

Patrick jokingly responded, “Yah better drop down and gimme 10 after that milkshake,” to which Arnold replied, “That’s fair.”

The Terminator star previously spoke of his son’s love for fitness in a November interview with Men’s Health.

“Patrick, he works out every day, but he doesn’t want to get too big because of the acting, because he’s being sought after now for romantic roles, not action roles,” Arnold said. “But eventually, when he gets to be like 30, 35, he will go get bigger and then do more action movies. But I love seeing [my sons] work out and being into it. It’s a great feeling.”

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