I saw Arnold in person at a the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist’s annual convention in California a few years ago. I was shocked at how short he was. He’s as tall as I and he was wearing cowboy boots. I’m 5’8″, but I’ll bet Hollywood could make me look 6’3″ in the movies.
That’s one of the great gifts Hollywood gives us, the grand illusion. All kinds of illusions come out of Hollywood and we peons lap it up. That’s why we love it so much when one of the show biz greats goes tumbling down from the heights and goes splat at the front door of the church, or the rehab center. It gives us commoners and lazy people a chance to feel superior for once in our boring, cannon fodder lives. It brings joy to our flea-bitten hearts when the mighty take a belly flop into the tar pit.
Arnold’s political career is over, but his movie career most certainly will take off like a rocket. He’s done with politics. He doesn’t need a Kennedy now. What he needs is a 26 year-old scarlet starlet.
I feel bad for his wife and children, especially the kids. Their half-brother certainly knew them and spent time with them, hell, grew up with them. What a great lie Arnold dropped into the middle of his family. He made them believe he was someone else for ten years. He’s a better actor than I gave him credit for.
Face Time! Come see me at Summer Funfest at the Connecticut Expo Center on Sunday, May 22. The Hartford Courant will have a booth across from Fox CT and I’ll be drawing caricatures from 1PM to 2PM.
Exhibit! Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. “Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant.” It’s free and will be up till the end of this month. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you’re there, take a tour!
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