June 25, 2004
The Real Arnold?

Travelling Shoes quotes from a New York Times story on Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Asked to describe his governing philosophy seven months after toppling Gray Davis in California's recall election, he said, "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women."

He stopped himself. "Wait a minute, that's Conan," he said. "I stepped out of character here for a second."

Shouldn't he have said that he stepped into character? Maybe he just misspoke, but there are more disturbing possibilities. Perhaps he thinks of the California governorship as just the latest role he is paid to play. But then shouldn't he have said "I changed characters", not "I stepped out of character"? The plain meaning of his words is that governor of California is a character, but Conan is the real Arnold. If he ever decides to stop acting and be himself, it could get interesting.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at June 25, 2004 08:28 PM