The odd way Chris Pratt won over father-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
Arnold Schwarzenegger attends during a press conference for 'Terminator: Dark Fate' on October 21, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on October 30, in South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on US show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, and the legendary action star could not stop gushing over his new son-in-law Chris Pratt. Pratt married Katherine Schwarzenegger in June, but only after he proved to Schwarzenegger that he was strong enough to be her man.

When the Terminator star’s daughter told him that she was dating Pratt, 40, he said he was “blown away.” “I was saying, ‘Do you have to be so competitive?’” recalled the former governor of California.

“‘Do you have to have a guy that is taller than me, that is bigger than me, that's doing bigger movies than me and all of this kind of stuff, that makes more money than me?’”

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Schwarzenegger, 72, says he immediately got along with Pratt. “He is such a great guy. Not only very talented guy and a great actor and a great star and all this stuff but a really kind man and kind to my daughter, which is the most important thing for me.”

While all of the aforementioned traits are things most parents look for in their children’s spouse, Schwarzenegger admitted Pratt’s muscles helped. He joked, “Pumping iron was the decision-making factor.”

Schwarzenegger worked out with Pratt and was quite impressed. “He's a strong guy, there's no two ways about it, and I'm very proud of him,” said the Kindergarten Cop actor. “When I watched him make these moves in the gym, you know, the incline press specifically did it. Why I wanted him to become my son-in-law. It was the incline press.”