Schwarzenegger: Being Governor Cost Me At Least $200M

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January 17, 2011 8:41 a.m.

Poor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fresh off the end of his last term as governor of California, he told an Austrian newspaper that his time in office cost him at least $200 million in expenses and lost income that he could have otherwise made from acting.

But don’t pity the former governor just yet. “It was more than worth it,” he said.And Schwarzenegger is already looking at movie scripts, the Guardian reports.

“I’m reading three scripts,” he said. “One topic/script, which I considered a long time ago before governor, is delighting me particularly. I would play an older [German] soldier, who gets the order at the end of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn’t do it and gets them to safety at the risk of his life. It has all kinds of adventure. The script is based on a true story.”

What was harder on Schwarzenegger than the lost money, he said, was how the governorship affected his family. He said there were many Sunday nights when his wife and children broke out in tears because he had to fly back to Sacramento the next morning. During the early years of his governorship, he said his family would tell him, “we hate your job.”

“There is a lot that needs to be repaired,” Schwarzenegger said.

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