Arnold Schwarzenegger finally comes clean and admits to rather liking Hitler
FOR years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied that he ever liked Adolf Hitler. Fair enough you might think. Who wants to be the public figure who gives credit to one of history’s greatest monsters? However, now, he’s ready to talk about his admiration of Hitler because, effectively, everyone has a pretty low opinion of him anyway (especially after the whole secret love child with a nanny thing).
In his autobiography (called ‘Total Recall’, natch), Big Arnie says:
“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,” Schwarznegger writes about a discussion with ‘Pumping Iron’ director George Butler. “I admired Hitler’s speaking ability, though not what he did with it.”
Hitler’s speaking ability? So ranty and shouty that it became a meme? Either way, Arnie has a reason for all this.
“Coming up with outrageous things to say was easy because I was always thinking them to keep myself entertained.”
Butler edited his Nazi comments out of the film for fear of a massive, massive shitstorm. Of course, this just shows Arnold’s selective memory. During his campaign to become California governor, Schwarzenegger (whose father was a Nazi during World War II) denied speaking out in favour of Hitler.
However, a book proposal by Butler quoted from a “verbatim transcript” of what Schwarzenegger said, which was: “I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power.”
Total memory lapse more like.