Schwarzenegger superhero will overlook civil rights
By Mimi Turner
CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - After eight years battling California's intractable budget issues, Arnold Schwarzenegger clearly has a wistful yearning for the life of the Governator, the animated superhero he unveiled this week in Cannes.
The notion of being able to bypass bureaucratic red tape and the confines of Homeland Security legislation by donning a solar-powered body suit and clambering aboard a motorcycle that turns into a helicopter is clearly a source of great satisfaction for the actor-turned-governor-turned-actor.
"The reason these heroic characters are always popular is because we are all somewhat limited in our real world. Even when I was governor I wished that I could do the things that I wanted to do but I couldn't because of the system, the way it works. Or because of the way the law works," Schwarzenegger said during an interview in his hotel suite.
"The people have certain rights and those rights have to be protected -- and they should be protected -- but for some criminals you don't feel like they ought to be," he added. "In real life you have to first get a search warrant and by that time he's gone. It drives you kind of crazy!"
Inventing a superhero world for his animated doppelganger has been fun for Schwarzenegger, who worked closely on all parts of the process alongside Stan Lee, Archie Comics and veteran animation expert Andy Hayward's A Squared Entertainment.
"In a heroic TV show, you can make it happen. We can all live out our fantasies. So the idea is that this governor, after he retires, says, 'With all that I have learned in my life about sport and camaraderie and discipline and stunts, now I'm going to do all the things that when I was in office I was not able to do," Schwarzenegger said.
With an array of eco-friendly gadgets and a squadron of teenage technogeeks by his side, the Governator is testament to the fact that hard work, solid values and super disguising bubble-gum that can transform you into someone else are tools enough to crush even the most villainous bad guy into a handful of dust.
Not that life is straightforward for the superhero ex-politician: there's that pesky reporter Larry King following him around, for example, sticking his nose into the retired governor's business. Continued...