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Patrick Schwarzenegger Admits Seeing Dad Arnold As Mr. Freeze 'Scared' Him

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Patrick Schwarzenegger was freaked out by his dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger when he suited up to play Mr. Freeze in the 1997 movie, "Batman & Robin."

The 26-year-old sat down with Variety to promote his new movie, "Daniel Isn’t Real," when he said the reason he was interested in actor was his visits to see his father on set when he was a kid. However, he detailed one experience that left him "scared" of his own father.

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Patrick recalled seeing his dad go into a trailer and come out looking like an entirely new blue person.

"I was super young. But I have these brief memories of my dad going in and becoming Mr. Freeze," Patrick told Variety. "And him going in as dad and coming out as this big, blue, bald guy. I have photos of me with him and my mom, and I’m, like, creepily staring at him, like I’m scared and I don’t know who he is."

"Were you really scared of Mr. Freeze?" the Variety interviewer asked.

"I think I was scared of him," Patrick replied.

Arnold Got Patrick Into Acting

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The young actor also spoke fondly of visiting the set of "Terminator 3" too.

"Yeah. I think that I have always been interested in film and have always loved acting since going to sets with my dad. It was always my favorite activity," Patrick said.

His childhood allowed him an early glimpse of the industry he loves and that led him to take on the challenging role in "Daniel Isn't Real." He stars in the psychological film that centers around a young college student who talks to an imaginary friend to deal with family trama. Patrick took on the role of the made-up person because of the challenges it had.

“When I first read the script, I was a little bit, like, ‘Whoa! What the f— is going on?’” Schwarzenegger said. “And then, as I read it more, I got really interested. It brought up current issues — mental health and how pertinent it is today with young men, and the idea of toxic masculinity. Those were some of the reasons I wanted to end up doing it.”

He said that the character is not like him in real life and he had to fully dive into the role to pull it off.

"When I go on a film, I like to be focused. With this one, I had not only had to change my mental mindset, but also the physicality and aesthetics, from the dyed hair to the dyed eyebrows. Every morning, I like to get up early and get my coffee and do some personal work — journaling or reading. I remember, we were in Manhattan. I got dressed in my skin-tight leather pants and jacket and this mesh purple see-through shirt and slicked black hair. I walked into a Starbucks and did my normal routine, but journaling as Daniel. I found it so interesting the different perspective that you get by doing that, and how people look at you differently."

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