In his new autobiography, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” and in an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes,” the actor did admit his inability to trust people has hurt those closest to him.
“That’s the way I handle things. And it always has worked. But, I mean it does not – it’s not the best thing for people around me because I sometimes – some information I just keep to myself,” the actor told reporter Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes.”
Schwarzenegger’s upcoming interview on “60 Minutes” is part of a media blitz to promote his book and repair his image.
The Hollywood star devotes one chapter called “The Secret” to the story about his successes in three careers: World champion bodybuilder, a box-office heavyweight, then two-term Governor of California, ABC reports.
In his book, which is due to be published, he describes in details how he ‘bucked the political odds’ in the 2003 California recall election.
Schwarzenegger, while making up his mind whether to run or not, consulted with then-White House advisor Karl Rove.
The former governor said that Rove was ‘dismissive and said a recall would not even happen and that in the next regular election Rove back Condaleeza Rice’. Schwarzenegger writes, “How could Rove have been so wrong?”
Despite persistent allegations of womanizing, Schwarzenegger won those elections. Yet by Election Day, the actor’s out-of-wedlock son was 5 years old. It would be seven more years before he told his wife, Maria Shriver, about it, and only when she had a marriage counselor confront him.
“I think it was the stupidest thing I have ever done in the whole relationship,” Schwarzenegger said in his “60 Minutes” interview. “It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids.”
“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?'”
The news come the same week he opened the USC-Schwarzenegger Institute with a $20 million funding commitment, giving a classic Arnold refrain.
“Learn to innovate, to improve and to experiment, and take risks to respond to new circumstances and challenges,” he said.
By the way, Shriver remains mum about her husband’s revelations, but she is reportedly angry with the point that Arnold’s recent “60 Minutes” interview was missing one very important voice: hers.
According to reports, producers wouldn’t give Maria the script of the interview as well as the book, so she firmly asserted that she had “no interest” in giving a generalized comment for the piece.
“She knows the book is a big PR stunt to get back in the public’s good graces,” a friend of Shriver’s told reporters. “What Maria has already been through … nothing surprises her anymore.”