Films, politics, books? What next for Schwarzenegger?

Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:13pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "I'll be back" has been Arnold Schwarzenegger's catch-phrase for more than 25 years.

And next week, when Californians elect a new governor, it will be just two months until the movie action hero turned politician leaves office and is back on the job market.

Schwarzenegger, 63, has been coy so far about his options. But with a resume that includes champion body builder, politician, environmental campaigner and star of movies like "Terminator" and "True Lies", he has the world at his feet, Hollywood insiders and political analysts say.

"People still love Arnold. He can choose whatever he wants. He's got nothing left to prove, all the money in the world and the world of choices available to him," veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman told Reuters.

In his most detailed response to the "what next?" question, Schwarzenegger said in a "Tweetcast" last week that he planned to give speeches, write a book or two (he has never done an autobiography), and continue fighting for the environment.

As for returning to movies; "It depends ... if someone comes with a great script, with a great idea. Will I still have the patience to sit on the set and do a movie for three months or for six months, all of those things? I don't know," he said.

In a tantalizing aside, he said he recently met with "Terminator" and "Avatar" director James Cameron, and would make some sort of an announcement soon.

The self-styled Republican "Governator" is ending his seven years in office with only a 22 percent popularity rating among Californians who are tired of double-digit unemployment and massive budget deficits. But his global appeal -- both politically and as a celebrity -- remains largely intact.   Continued...

<p>The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (C), talks with soldiers during a visit to Wellington Barracks, in central London on October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool</p>