Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a tremendous run. As a world-class bodybuilding champion, superstar actor, and governor of California, he has accomplished more of note in two year segments of his life than most men accomplish in their lifetime. However, even the Governator has his limits, and it could be wise for him to start recognizing them. Recent rumors that he may run for President and is even considering challenging the rules of the country so that he may run for President reveal a certain hubris. He did not come close to succeeding as governor of California. Why does he think he will succeed in the higher pressure job of the Presidency of the entire country?
Indeed, it is increasingly questioned whether the Arnold even has what it takes to do successful movies at this point in his career. A recent piece by Scott Mendelson covered why Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sylvester Stallone are not even movie stars anymore. From the piece:
Twenty years ago, or maybe even 10-15 years ago, the idea of a big-budget action film starring both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzeneggerwould have been a pretty big deal. But yet here we are, with their first official team-up picture, Escape Plan, having opened to just $9.8 million last weekend. And this caps a year where both former action icons had stand-alone projects that brutally tanked at the box office, with Arnold’s The Last Stand and Sly’s Bullet to the Head grossing a combined $21.5m at the domestic box office for a combined cost of $100m. I think it’s time to admit that, unless Arnie and Sly are playing their iconic characters (think Rocky or the Terminator), the two men who defined 80′s action aren’t really movie stars anymore. And that’s not a bad thing.
Mr. Schwarzenneger deserves tremendous respect for what he has accomplished. However, he certainly does not have a governing record worthy of the Presidency. He should respect the law of the land and stay out of Presidential politics with his reputation as a great man, both as an actor and a bodybuilder, firmly intact.
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