The “Terminator” had long denied such a statement, which was supposedly uttered in George Butler’s 1977 film, "Pumping Iron".
“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. I admired Hitler’s speaking ability, though not what he did with it,” Schwarzenegger writes in "Total Recall".
“Coming up with outrageous things to say was easy because I was always thinking them to keep myself entertained,” he continues.
However, Butler (who incidentally edited the comment out of the aforesaid film) stated in a book proposal some years ago that the he had asked the bodybuilder who his heroes were.
“I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power,” was Schwarzenegger’s response.
Among the other tidbits that Schwarzenegger recalls in the tell-all book, include a “hot affair” with Bridget Nielson, whom he starred opposite in 1985’s "Red Sonja". The problem was, that he not only was dating, but cohabitating with soon-to-be-wife, Maria Shriver.
If one is keeping track, this makes two extramarital dalliances (the other involved impregnating a household maid), which the 65-year-old quondam governor/action star has admitted to – exceedingly classy indeed.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life