Did Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair interview hurt his image?


CBS News

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 10:35 AM

NEW YORK – Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “60 Minutes” interview about his new memoir, which includes a detailed account of his affair with the family’s housekeeper, is drawing a lot of reaction.

Speaking out for the first time since the affair and the end of his marriage to Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger spoke with Lesley Stahl in an interview that aired Sunday, Sept. 30.

Some said the interview did more harm than good to the actor’s public image.

Referencing the betrayal and his lies to Shriver over the course of a full decade, Schwarzenegger admitted, “I think it was the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. It inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids.”

Lesley Stahl: What does Maria think about you writing a memoir and bringing this up?

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I think that Maria is, you know, wishing me well with everything that I do.

Lesley Stahl: Has she read it?

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Schwarzenegger: No. At this point, she hasn’t read anything.

Stahl: But she knows you’re discussing—

Schwarzenegger: She knows that it’s about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, “Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures?” And that’s not the book I wanted to write. I wanted to write a book about me. Here’s my life.

So what’s his life been like since the scandal? Well, he’s not hiding. He’s out there on the red carpet, promoting one of the five movies he’s signed up to make.

[Schwarzenegger: I’m back! (Applause)]

He’s trying to go back in time to the days when he was Hollywood’s biggest action-hero, though in some of his new movies, his 65th birthday is taken into account.

[Man in “The Last Stand”: How are you, Sheriff?

Schwarzenegger: Old.]

At his peak he was making $30 million a movie.

Stahl: Isn’t that why you’ve gone back to the movies?

Schwarzenegger: No.

Stahl: To make money?

Schwarzenegger: No. I don’t need money. I have enough money.

Stahl: Well, you—didn’t you lose a lot of money when you became governor?

Schwarzenegger: Even with my divorce and with everything, I don’t need money. I have plenty of money, unlike other Hollywood celebrities or athletes that have not invested well. When you read my book, you will see what a fanatic I am about the—to turn one dollar into two.