Despite Nearly Dying in 2018, Sylvester Stallone ‘Doubted’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Quit a Habit That Kills 8 Million People Every Year

Published 09/28/2022, 10:45 AM EDT
US actor Sylvester Stallone (L) and Austrian-born US actor Arnold Schwarzenegger pose during a photocall for the film “The Expendables 3” at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a bodybuilding legend. He had the iconic physique of his time. Moreover, his build used to be the standard that many bodybuilders wanted to achieve. In addition, even at 75, he still does not miss his training sessions. He still trains his muscles with a lighter weight, enough to keep him fit.

However, Arnold has had a few surgeries in the past, but he overcame each one stronger than before. Such an incident happened in 2018. Sylvester Stallone, the Rambo star, commented on Arnold’s successful surgery.


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Sylvester Stallone predicted an even stronger Arnold Schwarzenegger after the surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone share a strong bond. Former rivals in the Hollywood industry, who eventually ended up working together in three movies. They challenged each other, and that enhanced their performances. However, Sly predicted that after Arnold’s surgery, he would be stronger than ever.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 20: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends photocall for ‘Wonders of the Sea 3D’ during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Nikki Beach on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)

Stallone said Arnold will be “bigger and better than ever,” post-surgery. He added, “Some things you just can’t give up… stogies and breathing…”. Arnold loves to smoke his cigar. Even in the last public appearance before the surgery, he was seen smoking a cigar as he left the Beverly Hills hotel.


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When asked if Arnold would stop smoking cigars, he punned, “Doubt it!” Stallone knows Arnold way too well. He knew it was one of the tough things to ask Arnold.

A pulmonary valve replacement operation turned into an open heart surgery


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It wasn’t the first time Arnold got his heart operated on. He had his first surgery in 1997, where his pulmonary valve got replaced because of a congenital heart defect. As of the 2018 surgery, he was due to replace the pulmonary valve that was replaced in 1997.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, USC Schwarzenegger Institute Chair and ex-Governor of California during the Action Hub Opening panel at the COP24 Katowice, Poland on the 3rd of December 2018. COP24 is organized by UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, the replacement failed, forcing the surgeons to perform open heart surgery. The surgery longed for several hours and eventually resulted in a successful one. He said his famous Terminator dialogue as his first words post-operation, “I am back”. 


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Arnold is one of the fittest men of his age. He trains for 1.5 hours, even at this age; he works on his diet and so on. The 2018 open heart surgery was a successful one. Recently, he also took a weight loss challenge. To achieve that, he added skiing to his routine besides his regular training. He has become stronger since that surgery, as Stallone said.



Kaivalya R Pillai

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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa