Baldwin Pulls Out Of 'Nazi' Arnie Film

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Actor Alec Baldwin has pulled out of an upcoming documentary charting California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise to political power, because of its Nazi undertones. The Pearl Harbor star claims he agreed to narrate the film, titled RUNNING WITH ARNOLD, before learning his script would be accompanied by images of Nazi rallies and the Nazi party paperwork of Schwarzenegger's father. Now he's demanding his voice be removed from the project and has ordered his attorney to issue a cease-and-desist demand against the film-makers. In a posting on The Huffington Post website he writes, "The film-makers hammer Schwarzenegger over his private behaviour and his record as governor. But Schwarzenegger deserves to be treated fairly and the film's images of Nazi rallies were over the line." However, producers insist Baldwin had plenty of opportunities to view footage before recording his part and deny the project is biased against the Republican governor. MIKE GABRAWY says, "What's really shocking about this situation is that this is not really a critical look at Arnold - there's a lot more we could've done to be critical." Some images of the Third Reich have been replaced.


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It's sad that Alex Baldwin had to do what he did in pulling out of the Schwartzenegger film. I don't blame him. But, I emphatically don't blame Mr. Schwartzenegger for the situational undertones.Arne was born and raised in Austria. It is no surprise that his father was enmeshed with the compulsary politics of the Nazi Party. It takes little imagination to understand that the elder Schwartzenegger had very few options as to how his family could survive in the paranoia of that decade in Austria.These two friends, Alex and Arnie, will probably not tear apart, for after all, the political paranoia is repeating itself here in this decade and in America.It's just a little too uncomfortable, the similarities between the then Nazi philosophy and the now Republican California industrial-military via Bush, philosophy. No voice was successfully raised in the '30s against Jew bashing in Germany, whatever the motivation, and no person with his sanity intact will successfully raise his voice in America of today against the "terrorist" bashings, the man-boy bashings, or any of a myriad of other taboo-sex bashings. We all are living in turbulent, manic, times. It amazes me how it has sneaked in the backdoor of our societal intersanctum to where no one is safe; not the priests of the Catholic Church, not the adherents to gay marriage, or not the logical evaluation and differentiation it needs to be desired when balancing our emotions with "their" terrorists and "our" Navy Seals and Green Berets.Mr. Schwartzenegger has my undying admiration for having risen above the tremendous physical training sessions to move up and out of Austria to capture the World titles of physical culture; then make a string of super successful film interpretations, against all odds, I might point out, amass apersonal fortune of $800 millions, and, far from taking it and running to a private shangri-la, chose to serve America in politics with honor and intelligence.Arnie's the Man!
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