Where there’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, there’s cigar smoke.
Whether he’s mowing down terrorists, hunting Predator aliens, or driving a tank, nine times out of 10, a Schwarzenegger character can be seen chomping a stogie. This is true to life—the Terminator actor is a lifelong cigar smoker. In 1996, he donned the cover of Cigar Aficionado. Last year, he won Spectator’s Cigar Smoker of the Year award. Schwarzenegger is one of life’s greatest contradictions; the bodybuilder-turned-movie-star spent three years as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and yet, he finds no greater joy than smoking like a chimney.
Schwarzenegger appeared on The Tonight Show and recounted one of his worst cigar smoking moments. Jimmy Fallon, cigar newbie, was there. The outing went horribly. So last night, Schwarzenegger tried to school him in his inhaling art. The actor has two rules:
1. Don’t cough—that makes you look like an amateur.
2. Don’t lick the cigar. This does not make the tobacco burn slower. You are embarrassing yourself if you lick a cigar.
And loose, third rule: Look cool. Put the cigar in your mouth, light it, turn it slowly, puff, get a little shifty eyed, and enjoy the moment. Watch the video above to find out how these simple virtues can go horribly awry.