California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is open to the idea of a return to making movies — “if people come to me with a great script, a great idea.” He will probably be writing one or two books — even if the task won’t be easy because in the past “I have never had the patience.” And he’ll be giving speeches to defend and push forward some of his administration’s agenda, including the environment and public works.
That glimpse into Schwarzenegger’s future after he leaves office in January came during a half-hour Twittercast, in which he answered questions from followers.
He said that he has made no definite plans, as he is still concentrating on his remaining time. “After that I can sit down and go, ‘huh, now let’s think about the next move.’ But you can’t do both at the same time, because it’s like sports. You don’t want to take your eye off the ball.”
Schwarzenegger did meet recently with James Cameron, director of “The Terminator” and “True Lies,” and said that they would be announcing a project on Monday, although the governor gave no details. Schwarzenegger has been raising money and campaigning against Proposition 23, which would roll back a signature global warming bill that he signed into law in 2006, and Cameron last week donated $1 million to the campaign to defeat the measure.
“Prop 23 is funded by Texan oil companies, and … they happen to be the biggest polluters in California and they have created tremendous health problems in California,” Schwarzenegger said, adding that he sees the law as the way forward in addressing climate change. “We are the inspiration to the rest of the country.”
Asked what qualities are needed for good leadership, he said courage and vision.
“You have to be courageous and ou have to be able to take risks and not be always afraid,” he said. He acknowledged that he had “failed many times in this office,” citing a string of ballot initiatives rejected by voters in 2005, but “we also came back.”
“I am not afraid of failure and I am not embarassed by failure,” he said.