Just weeks after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena, caused a media frenzy after recreating his famous father’s bodybuilder pose from 1976, the 21-year-old once again channeled his famous father on Instagram Thursday. A chiseled and shirtless Baena proudly held his wrist and flexed his bicep in the same way the 71-year-old did in an advertisement for a German protein product back in 1967.
Franco Columbu celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Pumping Iron” in New York City in November 2002. The bodybuilder died on Aug. 30, 2019 at 78 years old after falling ill. (Getty)
The two men built an enduring friendship after meeting in Germany 54 years ago.
“I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advice you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared,” the movie star and former California governor wrote.
In this April 26, 1986, file photo, maid of Honor Caroline Kennedy and Best Man Franco Columbu leave St. Francis Xavier Church after the wedding of Caroline’s cousin Maria Shriver to Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hyannis, Mass. Italian bodybuilder, boxer and actor Franco Columbu, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s closest friends, has died aged 78. Columbu died in a hospital in his native Sardinia on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 afternoon after being taken ill while he was swimming in the sea. (AP)
After starting his career as a boxer, Columbu progressed into Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and later bodybuilding, winning the prestigious title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981.
Besides his athletic career, Columbu acted for TV shows, series and in movies. He appeared in three of Schwarzenegger’s films: “The Terminator,” ”The Running Man” and “Conan the Barbarian.”
Sylvester Stallone also remembered Columbu in a tweet.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu pal around at the “Pumping Iron: The 25th Anniversary” New York premiere in November 2002. The pair became best friends after bodybuilding together in Europe. (Getty)