Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger

There were so many ostensible deal breakers in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1977 interview with the adult magazine Oui that his victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial election might have been taken as a sign of how much voters disliked incumbent Gray Davis. Over the course of a single sit-down, Schwarzenegger, then 29 and a champion bodybuilder, recalled participating in an orgy, used a gay slur and admitted to smoking pot. Confronted about the interview during the 2003 campaign, he held his ground. "I never lived my life to be a politician," he said. "Obviously, I've made statements that were ludicrous and crazy and outrageous and all those things, because that's the way I always was." Who can argue with that?