The truth is in the pudding
During the filming of the 6th Day Schwarzenegger was to pay the U of BC some 2 million for interrupting the activity of some 2000 students but after the filming was concluded he and his production company packed up and left without paying there debt to the U of BC they are now in court and have been for a year now.
This is what can happen when one man has to much power in the filming industry.
VANCOUVER - The Canadian film industry is waiting to see what impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's win in the California recall election will have.
The actor-turned-politician has spoken out against so-called runaway productions - film shoots coming to Canada to take advantage of favourable economic conditions. During the recall campaign, Schwarzenegger also made it clear he intends to protect jobs in California.
Having found his fortune in Hollywood, he owes a great deal to the U.S. film industry. Schwarzenegger has also put his money where his mouth is: He took a pay cut to prevent his latest release, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, from being filmed in Vancouver.
But Canadian film professionals say it's too early to say what will happen
"Our sense is that, as governor, he's going to have a whole lot of priorities to deal with and the issue of runaway production may not be at the top of the list," Guy Mayson told the Canadian Press Wednesday. Mayson is president of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
Alex Taylor, a spokesman for ACTRA, said the members of his union will "wait and see" how the situation develops.
One possible option is that California will fight fire with fire by offering tax breaks to producers who stay in California. Provincial tax breaks and the favourable exchange rate are credited with making this country a magnet for Hollywood producers.
One performer currently working in Canada believes "California could take a page out of [Canada's] book."
Character actor William H. Macy is in New Brunswick filming a television adaptation of Scott Turow's Reversible Errors. "If [California] becomes aggressive with tax breaks, that might have an impact on the industry in Canada," Macy said in an interview with Moncton's Times & Transcript newspaper.
Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying he “admired” Hitler in a 1975 transcript of an interview while filming the documentary "Pumping Iron.” We speak with Martin Lee, author of "The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups and Right-Wing Extremists"
12-29-2004, 05:47 PM
AMY GOODMAN:Well, we're joined on the telephone right now by Martin Lee, Martin Lee is a long time author who has focused on rising fascism in Europe and chronicled it.
Let's talk about these Schwarzenegger quotes around Hitler.
MARTIN LEE: This is a long standing pattern with Arnold, as he likes call himself these days on the campaign trail.
He admits that he idolized Hitler; his father, of course, was a member of the Nazi party.
When the film was being made, the documentary, "Pumping Iron", he was interviewed for it, in which he expressed admiration for Hitler for being such a good public speaker and so forth and so on. There are various versions of what he actually said.
What is significant is that later on the producer of this film, George Butler, circulated a book proposal in which he included Schwarzenegger's comments about Hitler. He withdrew the book proposal around the same time as Schwarzenegger paid him a lot of money to regain the rights… or actually, to gain the rights to that film and footage and out takes which included his comments about Hitler.
It turned out to be an illegal pay off, shown to be in court because Butler had partners, investment partners in this film. This all went on behind their backs. He got a lot of money from Schwarzenegger; he wanted $2 million. They never told their partners.
Court papers indicate that the deal included a provision where by Schwarzenegger was entitled to destroy this material, destroy this footage.
You look at this, the point is not that Schwarzenegger is a Nazi. But certainly seems to have an authoritarian personality. He tries to deny that this interview actually took place. He claimed initially he couldn't remember what happened in the interview. Yet why would he be so eager to get this footage and control it? Because he had political ambitions and realized this was a skeleton in his closet.
He's a liar, he's a phony, he has no business seeking public office, and this is just one example of the Nazi comments, flirtation with the extreme right that you see in Schwarzenegger's career.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about his relationship with Kurt Valdheim.
MARTIN LEE: When Schwarzenegger was married in 1986 at his wedding he made a very lavish and glowing toast to Kurt, the former Secretary General of the U.N., who, at that time was embroiled in an international scandal because it became public that Valdheim was a member of a Nazi S.S. unit that participated in war crimes in the Balkans.
For Schwarzenegger to have made this toast at that time after these revelations surfaced is really quite shocking. It shows, at the very least, insensitivity to the victims of Nazism and anti-Semitism.
This isn't the end of the story. A few years later, Schwarzenegger had his photo taken with, Jorg Heider, the head of the extreme Right, Freedom Party in Austria, a catch basin for neo-Nazis, and Holocaust deniers. He, in a sense, is a supporter of Heider, and espouses similar policies with respect to immigration as Heider does in Austria.
Schwarzenegger has association with the Organization of U.S. English, which has a history of ties to white supremacists. Even though others have resigned from the board of advisors, he still lends his good name, so to speak, to this organization. Other people, even right-wingers have resigned because of the controversy. Schwarzenegger has stayed on; he should be called into account for this.
AMY GOODMAN: So, you've got Waldheim, you’ve got Jorg Heider, you’ve got Arnold describing Hitler as a charismatic leader, then the controversial quotes out of the Butler transcript where he said in the quote that he admired Hitler for being such a good public speaker, but he didn't admire him for what did he with it.
MARTIN LEE: There are all the different versions of what he actually said.
Initially when Butler circulated the book proposal, there was no qualifying statement in which Schwarzenegger was critical of Hitler. After Butler got a lot of money from Schwarzenegger, ostensibly to buy back this film, which coincided with his scuttling the book project, then you have a different version.
One way or another the point is not that Schwarzenegger is a Nazi, the point is that it raises character issues that he's not qualified to be in public office.
AMY GOODMAN: Thank you for being with us, Martin Lee.
Schwarzenegger Gives Thanks for Keeping Jobs in Calif.
12-29-2004, 05:49 PM
ALTADENA, Calif. -- Facing increasing competition from states trying to raid California jobs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday traveled to a movie set in the foothills outside Los Angeles to thank an old friend for keeping his business at home.
Standing amid cameras and cables outside a house being used in the movie, Schwarzenegger patted Danny DeVito on the back and said his new film, "Relative Strangers," was a model for how the state could win a bigger slice of entertainment jobs that now sometimes go overseas because of lower costs.
DeVito, who is acting in the film and is one of its producers, "negotiated with the crew, and the cast and with all the companies that work with the movie to come in with a deal to save enough money that he didn't have to go outside the state," the governor said.
"There are so many people that are out of work in Hollywood," Schwarzenegger added. "People want jobs."
Schwarzenegger's appearance promoting the state's film industry came on the same day that Nevada officials were in Los Angeles announcing their latest advertising campaign to snatch jobs from their neighbor.
Nevada is spending $650,000 to post outdoor and newspaper ads in major markets like Los Angeles and San Francisco, asking California employers, "Will your business be terminated?" a dig at Schwarzenegger's signature movie character, the Terminator.
Another Nevada ad shows a woman in rumpled business clothing, with a bloodied mouth and tousled hair. She holds a sign saying, "California's latest endangered species: Your business."
With California companies facing high taxes and insurance and utility costs, "We want people to know to can bring your company across the border," said A. Somer Hollingsworth, president of the Nevada Development Authority.
Speaking at the movie set, Schwarzenegger said he welcomed competition, but made clear he would be pressuring the Legislature to ease obstacles to business growth in the state, although he provided no specifics.
Schwarzenegger and DeVito acted together in "Twins," and as a member of the governor's film commission DeVito is considered a point man for keeping movie jobs in the state.
Tax incentives and lower production costs elsewhere in the country -- and around the globe -- have stripped jobs California once took for granted.
"The first thing everybody says is take your movie to another country, to another place," DeVito said. "We really need to work together with Arnold and the people in the Legislature to keep movies in California."
DeVito said municipalities in the area cut fees to see the production stayed in the state. Also, the crew and cast, which includes Kathy Bates, "is working for much less than they normally work for ... significantly less."
When the governor was asked if he appealed personally to DeVito to make his movie in the state, he responded, "I don't have to ask Danny to keep his movie in California because ... he has been appointed specifically to keep productions here in California."
The launch of the Nevada campaign comes about two months after Schwarzenegger went to Las Vegas to announce a national publicity campaign to lure jobs to California. He unveiled billboards that were erected in 10 cities that carried his grinning face and the slogan, "Arnold says, California wants your business."
But Nevada officials said that since Schwarzenegger visited Las Vegas, nearly 40 California companies have contacted them to talk about crossing the border. At least a dozen, they said, appear likely to relocate to southern Nevada.
In the year ending June 30, nearly 40 California companies moved or expanded into Nevada, bringing about 1,500 jobs, according to the authority.
Massachusetts has also posted rival billboards in the state featuring Gov. Mitt Romney mimicking Schwarzenegger's arms-crossed pose, with the catch line, "Smaller muscles but lower taxes! Massachusetts means business."
12-29-2004, 05:52 PM
so in short this works good for the mid east of canada but not so good for BC and our dead filming industy... time for this cowboy to get a new job...
thanks to my hero as a kid Schwarzenegger the film nazi
12-29-2004, 06:14 PM
This also goes for people in CA and Mid and East USA as his plan back fired on him and blew it for us all more or less... why not just leave things as they were
12-29-2004, 06:21 PM
I understand everything about the tax breaks (the Texas legislature will be making law on tax breaks for filmmakers in the upcoming session), but what does Ahnold making a comment about Hitler have to do with the lagging Canadian film industry?
12-29-2004, 08:43 PM
but what does Ahnold making a comment about Hitler have to do with the lagging Canadian film industry?
just a funny thing that i was thinking hmmmmmm Gov Cherry Brown :weird: he said some of the same things if i recall
12-29-2004, 08:51 PM
Gov Cherry Brown
Who dat be? I googled the name and got nothing.
Did you mean Jerry Brown?
12-30-2004, 03:37 PM
sorry yes jerry.
DK has a toon about him funny as all hell