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.
“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.