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Joseph Baena talks channeling dad Arnold Schwarzenegger on ‘DWTS’

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Like father, like son.

Joseph Baena didn’t need to look too far for inspiration for “Disney+ Night time” on “Dancing With the Stars,” as he was channeling his well-known dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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The health mannequin and his professional accomplice, Daniella Karagach, carried out a “Hercules”-themed Charleston within the ballroom Monday evening, with Baena moving into the character his father famously portrayed a long time in the past within the 1970 movie “Hercules in New York.”

Chatting with Web page Six after the present, Baena, 25, stated he and Schwarzenegger, 75, “had a giant chuckle” about the entire thought earlier than showtime.

“It wasn’t till this week that I spotted that he – I imply, I’ve all the time recognized that he’s executed the film, nevertheless it was this week that I remembered that he did ‘Hercules in New York,’ as a result of he’s executed every part,” defined Baena, noting he’d “completely” be right down to do a live-action “Hercules” movie himself at some point.

“The truth that he performed that film, it was simply so enjoyable to get that connection. We talked about it, we laughed about it,” he continued. “It was considered one of his first motion pictures and possibly not considered one of his favorites. However this was considered one of my favourite dances so I used to be actually enthusiastic about it.”

“Hercules in New York,” which marked Schwarzenegger’s appearing debut, was directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. The fantasy-comedy movie additionally starred Arnold Stang and Deborah Loomis as Pretzie and Helen, respectively.

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As for Baena and Karagach, their “Hercules” routine acquired a complete rating of 28/40 from judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli. The efficiency additionally marked Karagach’s extremely anticipated return to the ballroom after having to overlook the previous two weeks on account of COVID-19.

The Emmy-nominated choreographer, 29, informed us she was thrilled to be again and reunited with Baena, who briefly competed with fill-in professional Alexis Warr.

“It feels so friggen good, I missed it,” she raved, with Baena including, “She’s again and higher than ever. I’m so excited and so comfortable to have her again.”

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“Dancing With the Stars” returns subsequent Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Disney+. The remaining contestants will ship performances that showcase their “Most Memorable 12 months,” adopted by a “Promenade Night time”-themed episode.

“It’s going to be a really optimistic yr that we’re going to be speaking about,” Baena teased of the story he’ll be reflecting on by way of dance. “So, it’s thrilling.”

Baena is Schwarzenegger’s solely son with Mildred Baena, the actor’s former housekeeper. The “Terminator” star shares 4 different youngsters – Katherine, 32, Christina, 31, Patrick, 29, and Christopher, 25 – with Maria Shriver.

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