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How George Clooney Inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger to Get His Own Pig (Named 'Bacon')

Kevin Polowy
Yahoo Movies
March 25, 2014

It was an innocuous question about his "Batman & Robin" co-star George Clooney, but it led to one pretty amazing revelation from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I always liked that he was into pigs, he has this little pig that he takes everywhere," the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor-turned-actor told Yahoo Movies while promoting "Sabotage," his gritty new DEA actioner. "So I bought a pig right after that."

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"Only thing is I must've bought the wrong one because in no time it was 300 pounds and I could barely lift the son of the gun."

That's right, the former Mr. Olympia has found something he has trouble lifting.

The story gets better: "His name is Bacon," Schwarzenegger revealed, and "he's on the fat farm right now."

That's also right, there's a fat farm for pigs.

At least Schwarzenegger, who in 2001 was the subject of reports that he had heart valves surgically replaced with those from a pig heart, has a pig-pal like Clooney (whose pig Max passed away in 2006) to call when issues arise with the porcine pet.

"I called George, he said, 'What happened?' I said, 'My pig's belly is touching the ground when it runs around.' He said, 'You're feeding it too much.'"

The former Governator is quick to deflect blame for Bacon's weight issues, though. "The only way to get my pig to lose weight is to get him away from my kids, because they kept feeding him and feeding him all the time."

"Sabotage" opens in theaters Friday.

—Reporting by Kara Warner