Hasta La Vista

Last night, the former Governator and his American princess bride announced that they were separating after 25 years of marriage.  Of all the celebrity marriages around, I never contemplated the shattered union of Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Maria Shriver.  For one thing, as political players, in addition to celebrities, I assumed they would withstand any issue in order to maintain a bulwark of solidarity.  If you doubt Arnie as an equal to his Kennedy wife, take a look at the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.  Therein you will see not just a poor Austrian muscle-man looking for a way out; you will also discover Arnold’s machiavellian approach to all things.  I’m pretty sure he seduced Lou Ferrigno in order to mind-screw him out of a win.  Thus it is no surprise that he clawed his way into American movie theaters, California’s political scene and the Kennedy family itself.  I really believed there was mutual respect between Maria and Arnie.  Now that he has left office, it appears that they were waiting out his tenure before parting ways.  Nevertheless, if Arnold wants to reconcile, I am confident that he will be back.

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4 Responses to Hasta La Vista

  1. Jason says:

    Not a surprise. It’s widely known she didn’t want him to run for Governor, and she made a big sacrifice in giving up her own career in order to support him. The fact that he is not, shall we say, known as “faithful” must have made the whisperings about their life difficult these past years. I wish her well, I’d imagine it’s a significant decompression period to go through as she transitions back to her previous career, ending a marriage, and dealing with the relatively recent death of her iconic father. That’s a lot to go through in a year.

    As for Arnold, it will be interesting to see what how his next act in Hollywood will take shape, especially because the kind of heroes he portrayed in the ’80s and early ’90s have now become an sort of an anachronism.

  2. Sam says:

    I should clarify: I’m not surprised that they have marital strife, only surprised they are acting on it. I thought they would quietly maintain a Bill/Hillary-esque marriage of political convenience. I reckon since he’s out of the game it’s not relevant anymore. From what I understand, he’s hungry to get back into the action game. As there is a new Conan coming out this Summer, perhaps the 80′s beefcake action hero is on the rise? I’m curious to see who might take up the mantel as Husband #2

  3. Jason says:

    It’ s going to be difficult for Arnold. He’s nearly 64. He’s been out of commission the past seven years and as such has been out of currency for the younger generation of male action fans who have come into box office purchasing power while he’s been Governor. It’s these dudes who are presently the engine of box office actions hits of the magnitude he’s used to. He can rely on James Cameron probably, but otherwise will kind of be the elder statesman of action and will probably be more of a co-star from now on — maybe he’ll be happy with that. Maybe he’ll have cameos in unnecessary remakes of his previous films like “Total Recall”, coming down the pipe and assuredly starring more of an everyman this time out.

    I think there’s probably more of an audience for him as a comedic leading man, but I write this wistfully and in prejudicially believing that the Kindergarten Cop story has been left incomplete all these many years.

    I think he would like to continue his political career if there were no glass cieling, but the only option available to him is the Senate and I don’t think he’d relish being one of one hundred, and would face long odds against Dianne Feinstein anyway, who’s seat is up next (though she could retire).

    Anyhow, Bill and Hillary… You flatter Arnold and Maria! By double digit IQ points in all likelihood…. and probably actual respect shared for each other

  4. Jesse says:

    I heard tell he’s already locked in for a reprisal of Terminator… I cannot confirm that, but I can confirm that if it’s true I will be there for the midnight show.

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