I’ve met Arnold Schwarzenegger a few times…
Arnold co starred with my former girlfriend Sandhal Bergman in Conan as well as Red Sonja. Classics. And my best pal, Sonny Landham co-starred with Arnold in Predator. But it wasn’t until Mickey Rourke had a party for the opening of a hair salon in Beverly Hills, that I really met Arnold. Because he had worked with Bergman and Landham we were all seated at the same table at Rourke’s party. It was in the early 90’s, so Arnold was still one of the top film stars on the planet at the time.
Even though he had been married to Maria Shriver for years, it was clear he openly dated at that time.
He spoke and joked about his desires. In fact, he slept with Sandhal during Conan, she admitted to me.
"Who wouldn’t?" she said to me.
Don’t forget Arnold had a body to die for and was a monster star. I was not dating her during those films, only after after.
So Arnold’s marriage to Maria was already a joke – he openly dated.
She was never with him for the most part. Early on she realized their marriage was all about him moving up in his career. It was a cruel move on his part, one Maria has had to live with all those years. The stories are too many to tell.
One that stood out: My KC pal, Jeff Spero‘s wife was involved with the openings of Planet Hollywood, which Arnold was an owner of. Maria made it clear when the stores opened that they both had to be there. But to put them in separate dining rooms after they walked in together.
She knew. Everyone knew.
Now we have John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, "Baby Arnold" – the list is endless.
Why? It’s not the lying, it’s the fact that they had sex outside the marriage – and often. Ask Bill Clinton on that one. Comedian Darrell Hammond (who did Clinton’s voice and more on Saturday Night Live) visited Clinton in the White House. Darrell said, "The guy had so much charisma, it was scary." The President showed Darrell clip after clip of ‘hot’ chicks he had slept with, besides Monica.
"Why did I have to be caught with her, couldn’t it have been one of these babes?" Clinton told him. "At least I wouldn’t haven’t felt quite as bad."
This was after he was busted, of course.
Maybe we need to consider five year contracts with marriage since almost none seem to work out.
Those who stay married but have options cheat and hurt each other as well as their children. Those who stay married, on both sides and don’t cheat are usually miserable. For the few marraiges that work they can re-up after each five year agreement.
NO HARM, NO FOUL, OTHER THAN CHILD SUPPORT and agree on bucks before the fall.
I feel these situations are between a husband and a wife. Not the public, the husband and the wife. These are not crimes, just people being human.
As far as Weiner stepping down, he should let the voters decide in the next election. Bill Clinton would have been re-elected had he been able to go for a third term. Oddly he and his wife, who don’t even live together, are best pals and love each other in their own way.
It’s none of our Damn business.
We need to stop savoring these national leader’s family issues when they unfold.