Schwarzenegger sours on politics; eyes memoirs, movies?
Memoirs, maybe movies, but no political office.
That’s what the immediate future holds for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s leaving office in January.
After seven years running the most populous state the in country, Schwarzenegger seems to have soured on politics and partisanship.
“Politics destroys everybody,” he said in an “ABC World News” interview on Wednesday. “The more you can take the politics out of things, the more you can accomplish. Because otherwise, it becomes kind of like, ‘I’m representing my party. My party is not happy with this. We’re doing it this way.’”
Schwarzenegger called politicians in Washington “wimps” for not tackling energy and environment policy and he spoke against Proposition 23.
If approved, the measure on next Tuesday’s California ballot would scuttle many of the governor’s clean energy and environmental policies. Specifically Proposition 23 would suspend California’s landmark climate change law until the state unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or lower for one year.
Schwarzenegger says that when his term is up, he’ll continue to work on environmental issues and political reform, but plans to stay out of office.
He also plans to write a memoir. “I have a real story to tell about going from bodybuilding, going into business, going to the movie business, then the political arena and all this,” Schwarzenegger told ABC.
And the man who went from the “Terminator” to the “governator” could go back to making movies.
In a “Tweetcast” last week, Schwarzenegger said he recently met director James Cameron (of “Terminator” and “Avatar” fame) and would make some sort of an announcement soon.
In the ABC interview, Schwarzenegger laid out what could entice him to go Hollywood again.
“If James Cameron or Ivan Reitman or someone that I trust … they come with a great script, great idea where I look at things and say, ‘That’s me. I can play that,’ it could be something like that,” the governor said. “But it’s not like I’m out there saying I’m looking for an acting job because I have plenty of money. I never have to work again.”
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (Schwarzenegger at The Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif.) Reuters/Robert Galbraith (Schwarzenegger, in front of a poster for “Terminator 3,” at the Inner-City Games, Aug. 2003)