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Carl Weathers will always be a legend, says Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger has hailed Carl Weathers as a "great person".
The actor - who played American football for a living, before he joined the movie business - died "peacefully in his sleep" on Thursday (01.02.24), aged 76, and Schwarzenegger has paid a heartfelt tribute to his 'Predator' co-star.
Schwarzenegger, 76, said in a statement: "Carl Weathers will always be a legend. An extraordinary athlete, a fantastic actor, and a great person.
"We couldn’t have made 'Predator' without him. And we certainly wouldn’t have had such a wonderful time making it. Every minute with him - on set and off - was pure joy. He was the type of friend who pushes you to be your best just to keep up with him. I’ll miss him, and my thoughts are with his family."
Weathers starred as Greef Karga in the 'Star Wars' spin-off series 'The Mandalorian' between 2019 and 2023.
And Jon Favreau - the show's creator - has paid a tribute to the late actor.
He said: "I am heartbroken by this devastating loss. He was a hero from my childhood who I was lucky enough to meet and then had the amazing good fortune to work with. He had the energy and curiosity of a young man paired with the wisdom that his rich life and career afforded him.
"My heart goes out to his family and countless admirers."
Meanwhile, the actor's family have hailed the Hollywood star as "an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life".
In a statement, the family added: "Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognised worldwide and across generations.
"He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend."