After pushing the pause button on one of Hollywood’s biggest movie careers in order to serve two terms as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger saw his personal life explode when he admitted to an affair with the family housekeeper, Mildred Baena, that resulted in son Joseph, now 19.
Looking back six years after the scandal, the “Terminator” star admits he has regrets and wishes he could go back in time like that movie’s namesake and do things differently.
“You do think about it every so often,” says Schwarzenegger in an interview for the April issue of Men’s Journal, “and I can beat myself up as much as I want — it’s not gonna change the situation. So the key thing is, How do you move forward? How do you have a great relationship with your kids?”
He adds: “You can’t go back — if I could, in reality, be Terminator, of course, I would go back in time and would say, ‘Arnold . . . no.’ You know, it’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. That’s not the way it works.”
In the interview, the host of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” also opens up about his Twitter feud with his predecessor after Trump bashed the show’s ratings on Twitter.
“Wow, the ratings are in, and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump tweeted. “So much for . . . being a movie star — and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”
Schwarzenegger recalls the advice he gave himself when he saw what Trump had written: “Don’t get into a stinking contest with a skunk,” he says.
Instead, the former governor issued a wry response. “There’s nothing more important than the people’s work. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you will work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings,” he tweeted, following that up with a video in which he reads a quote from former president Abraham Lincoln.
When Trump fired back by urging the attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast to pray for Schwarzenegger’s “Apprentice” ratings, he issued a tweet in response, suggesting that he had “a great idea. Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortably again. Hmm?”
Commenting on his own tweets, Schwarzenegger tells Men’s Journal: “I sound more presidential and more diplomatic and more elder statesman — that’s exactly the way Donald should be.”
He adds: “And I should be the other way.”