“Arnold” Producer Says Baldwin’s Comments Are a “Shock”

“Running with Arnold” was to have been a new documentary on California’s governor, to be narrated by Alec Baldwin. But the actor wrote on Huffington Post yesterday that he didn’t know that the documentary would feature images of Nazi rallies that he calls “over the line.” The Los Angeles Times’ Political Muscle tracked down producer Mike Gabrawy, who said that the film “includes a photograph of former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who had been invited to Schwarzenegger’s wedding (but did not attend), dressed in his Nazi uniform during World War II. Another shows the Nazi Party paperwork of Schwarzenegger’s father. Gabrawy said other images of the Third Reich appear during a discussion of the corporate influence in politics, but those will be replaced with film footage of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.” Not sure if switching Third Reich images with Mussolini will appease Baldwin, who nevertheless still got in a swipe at Schwarzengger by saying that Phil Angelides would better represent California, “as dull” as his campaign has been.

“It’s a complete shock,” Gabrawy said about Baldwin’s posting. “The film is in the can. We delayed our recording a month to get him … and we’re in the midst of getting distribution and this is completely a curveball.”

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