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Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits to Expressing Admiration for Hitler

The Terminator admired Hitler's speaking abilities, just not what he did with them

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: October 8th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
Arnold Schwarzenegger
In his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Arnold Schwarzenegger admits many things, among them once expressing an admiration for Adolf Hitler some three decades ago. The “Terminator” had long denied such a statement, which was supposedly uttered in George Butler’s 1977 film, Pumping Iron.

“I philosophized that only a few men are born to lead, while the rest of humanity is born to follow, and went from that into discussing history’s great conquerors and dictators. I admired Hitler’s speaking ability, though not what he did with it,” Schwarzenegger writes in Total Recall.

“Coming up with outrageous things to say was easy because I was always thinking them to keep myself entertained,” he continues.

However, Butler (who incidentally edited the comment out of the aforesaid film) stated in a book proposal some years ago that the he had asked the bodybuilder who his heroes were.

“I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power,” was Schwarzenegger’s response.

Among the other tidbits that Schwarzenegger recalls in the tell-all book, include a “hot affair” with Bridget Nielson, whom he starred opposite in 1985’s Red Sonja. The problem was, that he not only was dating, but cohabitating with soon-to-be-wife, Maria Shriver. If one is keeping track, this makes two extramarital dalliances (the other involved impregnating a household maid), which the 65-year-old quondam governor/action star has admitted to - Exceedingly classy indeed.

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