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Arnie at the book fair

The Local · 11 Oct 2012, 10:25

Published: 11 Oct 2012 10:25 GMT+02:00

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The 65-year old body-builder best known for his action films and governorship of California was a little out of place at the world’s biggest book fair - usually the province of novelists and academics - but fans flocked the stage of public broadcaster ARD, where Schwarzenegger introduced his book.

In a speech given in German and peppered with quotes from his most popular films, Schwarzenegger admitted that writing an autobiography required him to do something he really hated - “reflect on the past” - and said that he preferred to look to the future, according to the Frankfurter Rundschau.

Günther Berg, the head of the Governator's German publisher Campe & Hoffmann called Schwarzennegger "a good guy" who was "very easy to work with."

The Governator’s appearance was the highlight of the five-day fair for some, but his bodyguards didn’t make many friends in Frankfurt. First they complained that people kept referring to their boss as “Arnie” rather than “Governor Schwarzenegger.”

Later in the bar of the Frankfurter Hof Hotel, they told publishing house employees not to eat the bar nuts from the dish, but to take the ones the guards had thrown on the floor. "You can have those," they said, according to the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Schwarzenegger’s book, which was finished in June, is set to appear in 12 languages simultaneously. In the chapter entitled “The Secret,” he writes about how much he wants his estranged wife, Maria Shriver, back. Shriver filed for divorce last year after it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a child with the housekeeper – an affair he largely left out of his autobiography.

The 65-year-old told his book fair audience that he wants to open a new chapter of his life.

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"After Terminator and Governator, now comes Educator," said Schwarzenegger, who is planning to become a professor at his new academy, founded in cooperation with the University of Southern California, named the Schwarzenegger Institute of State and Global Policy.

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11:35 October 11, 2012 by royp
When will Germans learn their lessons from history, there was another Autrian with a book and spreading his politics can't remember his name, looked like charlie chaplin.

I am not saying that Arnie is the new hitler, but you never know (don't waste time responding , I am only joking) I hope.
15:28 October 11, 2012 by raandy
royp damn a kidder they are half in ernst.

Arnie has had a great career in all he has taking part in.
19:58 October 11, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
The "Sperminator" is doing well ... just looking for one more bank to make his deposit ...
23:24 October 11, 2012 by Lachner
You can mock Arnold Schwarzenegger all you want, but the bottom line is that he is an amazing person that has succeeded in everything he sets his mind too. He came from a small village in Austria, yet he was able to conquer the sport of bodybuilding with 6 Mr. Olympia trophies and became the symbol behind the surge of fitness around the World in the 80's and 90's. After retiring from bodybuilding, he set his sights on Hollywood despite being mocked by everyone for his new dream and his thick Austrian accent. He then became one of the most famous actors in the world and a millionaire. He then set his sights in politics and once again was mocked for this, yet he became the governor of California and was very successful at it. Now he has set his sights in education and inspiring others and I guarantee you that he will be successful. His determination, discipline, charisma and self-esteem is absolutely admirable and I pity those that only focus on his mistakes. May the one free of sin cast the first stone.
17:54 October 12, 2012 by Drewsky
Lachner #4, you're not a Californian, are you? I am. Arnold was NOT a successful governor and when he left office his approval rating was about 13%. At least get your facts straight before offering an opinion .
17:27 October 13, 2012 by cosmo101
@Drewsky - As a born Californian, I state you are 100% correct.
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