Press Trust of India
October 09, 2012 15:05 IST
The 60-year-old actor's controversial comments about Hitler occurred during a discussion with George Butler about three decades ago while filming scenes for the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron.
Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has
clarified that he did make admiring comments about Adolf
Hitler but only for his speaking abilities during the shooting
of a 1977 documentary.
The 60-year-old actor's controversial comments about
Hitler occurred during a discussion with George Butler about
three decades ago while filming scenes for the 1977
documentary Pumping Iron, reported Daily Mail.
In his autobiography Total Recall: My Unbelievably True
Life Story, Schwarzenegger revisits the episode: "I
philosophised that only a few men are born to lead, while the
rest of humanity is born to follow, and went from that into
discussing history's great conquerors and dictators. I admired
Hitler's speaking ability, though not what he did with it."
Schwarzenegger's Hitler comment never made it into the
final cut of George Butler's film, but his words taken from
the transcript of his interview with the director surfaced
when ABC News and the New York Times received copies of an unpublished book proposal.
In the original interview, he had said, "I admired
Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man
with almost no formal education, up to power. I admire him for
being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it."