Schwarzenegger superhero will overlook civil rights

Tue Apr 5, 2011 4:28pm EDT
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And with a strong sense of family values, the Governator has to combine international crime-fighting with some tricky scheduling challenges, like how to fight diesel-spewing uber-villains but still make it home for lunchtime. Not to mention the constant anxiety that someone in his family will discover the mission control center constructed beneath the manicured lawns of his pillared home in the upscale Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood.

As the first entertainment project since stepping down as governor, Schwarzenegger isn't working on a project fans may have been expecting, but it combines the values that the former Governor now holds dear.

"You know how kids are always learning without really being taught? They pick things up if they aren't given to them in a preachy way," he said.

Still, the Governator is heavy on not-so-subtle eco-messaging, using his superpowers to combat villains who splurge on fossil fuels and leave a trail of environmental damage in their wake. But to be clear, while he may be singing from the same hymn book as "An Inconvenient Truth," Schwarzenegger believes the message should be delivered in a very different way.

"We're not doing in a way that says to people 'You better never do that,'" he said. "That's the old Al Gore kind of a way to do this, to make you feel guilty. Guilt hasn't worked. Making people feel bad hasn't worked. You've got to make them feel good and draw them into the positive rather than keep talking about the negative."

As to his return to the entertainment industry, Schwarzenegger is viewing his options carefully.

"When it comes to being in front of the camera I'm looking at a whole series of very interesting scripts from sequels to great action comedies, but I'm not going to make a decision immediately. We just want to get this off the ground and pay attention to it and do it the right way and they we are going to take the next step," he said.

So does the former governor nurse a desire to swap even his own fantastical life journey for the life of a superhero?

"The reality is that I don't have to spice it up because it has been such a wild ride in itself -- you couldn't dream something like (my life) up. I just hope that I'm not going to find my mother shaking my shoulder and saying 'Arnold, Arnold -- you've got to get up now. You're an hour late for the factory.' I just don't want to wake up to find it was all a dream."

<p>Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses during the photocall of the animated tv series "The Governator" during the yearly MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, in Cannes, southeastern France, April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet</p>