Arnold Schwarzenegger is breaking his silence on the #MeToo movement while looking back at moments in his career that were “over the line.”
The actor, 71, spoke to Men’s Health magazine’s 30th Anniversary issue and regretfully recalled incidents on movie sets that were harmful, “Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry.”
He continued, “I feel bad about it, and I apologize. When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake.”
But “The Terminator” actor says he’s always had respect for the opposite sex, “I’ve not changed my view [on masculinity],” he explained. “I’m a guy. I would not change my view of who I am. The woman I was originally most in love with was my mother. I respected her, and she was a fantastic woman. I always had respect for women.”
During his interview, Schwarzenegger also apologized for his “girlie men” remarks, “At the time it felt like the right thing to do,” he said. “It was in my gut. I improvised it. I called them ‘girlie men’ because they weren’t willing to take risks. They were afraid of everything. Politicians in general want to do little things so there’s no risk involved. But it was shortsighted. In the long term, it’s better to not say that, because you want to work with them.”
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