Arnold Schwarzenegger talks politics during an appearance on Friday’s “Graham Norton Show”.
Schwarzenegger, who served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, says when asked if he’s disappointed he can’t run for president because he’s Austrian: “Of course. It would have been great to jump in and run.
“It’s the only thing I can’t do in America. Everything else I’ve done is because it is in America, it’s the land of opportunity.”
Despite his political background, the actor, who became an American citizen in 1983, insists: “I hate politics. Even when I was Governor (of California) I never considered myself a politician. I was a public servant who created policies to make things better for people.”
Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” co-star Linda Hamilton also appears on Friday’s show, with her admitting James Cameron had to do quite a bit of work to get her on board for the sequel.
She says of her ex-husband, whom she was married to for two years before they divorced in 1999: “We don’t talk at all. He rang three times and it was only on the third call when he mentioned it was about work that I rang him back!
“It took me a little while to decide if I had something more to do with her character.”
Revealing that she had to be persuaded to do the very first “Terminator”, she shares, “I didn’t want to do it at all. I was a snotty New York actress and I didn’t want to go to California. It was only when I saw Arnie on set and he was fantastic, that I thought, ‘I’m in.’”
Meanwhile, in another part of the interview, Schwarzenegger reveals the unexpected day job held by his Terminator character — watch: