Despite Campaign Pledge, Schwarzenegger Tires of Politics, Reportedly Signs on for T4 and – Ironically – True Lies 2

Total ‘Recall’ 2? As we here at the California Desk at Pensito Review have long predicted he would, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has grown tired of playing politics and is ready to resume his old life as a movie star:

“The people of California want me to be the governor, and I will do that and nothing else. I will work as much as I can, even if it is around the clock. There will be no time for movies or anything else. I will pay full attention to this job. I take this job very seriously.”
– Schwarzenegger, during 2003 campaign.

Hollywood action man Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to juggle his role as California Governor with a return to the big screen – he has reportedly agreed to star in two big money sequels.

The actor-turned-politician has agreed to reteam with Oscar-winning director James Cameron in a fourth “Terminator” installment in addition to a sequel to “True Lies,” according to website

An actor and a technical effects expert already at work on each of the films have confirmed that both projects are in pre-production.

Now let’s get into the Wayback Machine and dial the time machine back – waayyyy back – to two years ago, almost to the day – October 9, 2003 – in the midst of the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis, when Schwarzenegger was quoted pledging to give up his movie career while in office:

“The people of California want me to be the governor, and I will do that and nothing else,” Schwarzenegger said. “I will work as much as I can, even if it is around the clock.”

“There will be no time for movies or anything else. I will pay full attention to this job. I take this job very seriously.”

This news could add fuel to the increasingly popular grass-roots effort to recall Gov. Schwarzenegger at


  • October 12, 2005 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    Same old Republican crap. Like Dick Cheney no longer has any interest in Halliburton. Or Bill Frist is completely out of HCA because his stocks are in a blind trust. And like all Arnold has been doing is being governor — not selling muscle mags and making movie deals.

  • Sidney S.Keith
    October 12, 2005 - 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Why am I not surprised?

  • Karl
    October 12, 2005 - 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Sounds to me like Schwarzenegger clearly realizes that by the time these productions reach the principal photography stage, he won’t BE Governor anymore, having been tossed out by voters like week-old guacamole.

  • JImbo
    October 12, 2005 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    The people of California have to share the blame for the state of disillusionment in their own state. They were the ones who put Gray Davis on the chopping block when the Republican stranglehold were already at work in relation to the energy issue.

    But they didn’t listen and instead asked for a recall and put in a musclebrained has-been movie star who still can’t speak proper English. Those who put Arnold in have to share they blame. Those who didn’t are the real victims of his callous blunders.

    Let’s hope the people in California get it right and tar and feather AH-NALD.

  • Vanna
    October 13, 2005 - 6:32 am | Permalink

    The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor was just too tempting for the average Californian. I’m sure every Californian who voted Arnold in would defend it as a choice for independence and new thought, for necessary iconoclasm–when it was more a giddy reckless wish to see just what would happen if the least-qualified, most entertaining rogue were elected. What delicious things might he say? What movie-script deus-ex-machina might he pull out of the hat to make us laugh and applaud? What colorful cast of sidekicks might he provide for instant identification? However it plays out, how Kubrickian is that?

    Further, by this reasoning, isn’t it really right and proper–and fun!–to judge someone based on the image they choose to project, the cigar, the Hummer, the cheekbones? Can’t everybody be everything just by thinking it so? Isn’t that what America, and especially California, is all about? You can be whoever you want to be, with the right script, surgery, style.

    Arnold makes sense as the choice of people who believe that their status as Californians makes them automatically exceptional.

    I never met a Californian who was in any way humble about personal capabilities. Can do anything, have done everything, will do everything–not at the moment, but recently, or soon. Sure, they could be governor. They know all about government. Could have run for office and won, too. Almost did. Would totally be a piece of cake. Sure, I speak fluent Arabic too.

  • Audrey Lundberg
    October 13, 2005 - 7:39 am | Permalink

    When my sister in California told me that she was going to vote for Arnold, I told her she would end up very sorry. Here in Minnesota we also had a Showboat Governor, interested only in promoting himself. That’s what entertainers do. Jesse “The Body” Ventura also drove a Hummer.

  • peter
    October 13, 2005 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    he’s having boob withdrawal – he hasn’t been able to grope a stunt woman in a long time

  • Mike
    October 13, 2005 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Yeah! Throw the bum out! California is ‘Under Siege’ with high business taxes and poor wasteful government: Join Steven Segal for Governor in 2006!

  • big dave from queens
    October 13, 2005 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Arnold will be terminated at the ballot box as Californians reject True Lies II.

    Speaking of True lies, notice how republicans these days are pretending not to be republicans. Doug Forrester, an extreme RW conservative is now claiming to be a moderate. MIke Bloomberg, Bush’s biggest financier in 2004, is portraying himself as more liberal than Ted Kennedy.

    These people are not normal. In Schwarzaneggar’s case, he is as far right as they come with the exception of about 3-5 issues. (a small % of views)

  • bill peppin
    October 13, 2005 - 6:19 pm | Permalink

    To Vanna: if you haven’t found a Californian, among 35 million, who is “humble about personal capabilities,” I am here to represent, as a Californian, that you have made an insufficiently broad (dare I say cursory?) search. May I suggest that Beverly Hills and the movie actor set is NOT a representative place to start such a search.

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