J: Jumping around a bit, do you ever get hecklers at your level?
Arnold: A little bit, but not too bad. A lot of people are
protective of me on the road. Ö So if someone started heckling Ö I
actually donít mind the heckling, I kind of like it, if I can hear them.
But people are pretty protective. I think that what happens when youíre
someone like me that people know or know something about, you get five
minutes of grace Ė you do anything and theyíre going to laugh. But then
they expect a certain something, something funny. They paid to get in.
With me, with the five minutes of grace, they want to see if Iím a jerk.
When they find out Iím not, I can feel them breathe that sigh of relief.
Then we get into it. Ö After the show, they get to take pictures with
me, and we talk. Thatís the best part of the whole thing, getting to
spend time with people. Theyíre so glad Iím not a prick. Or at least Iím
hiding it well. I have my moments, believe me.
People are very smart. They remember a lot of things and are also
grateful that I donít criticize my ex-wives. Iím not critical of people,
because I think they have the same feeling that I have, which is if
youíre in love with somebody, you donít just start hating them. You fall
in love with somebody, you marry them, and youíre spending your lives
together. How do you go suddenly to you hate them, theyíre a terrible
person? That doesnít add up. Somethingís not right with that picture.
Things happen but you donít just go Ö It would be weird.
There are some good moments in our relationships and thereís some funny
stuff that I have to admit, and that Iím grateful for, from everything.
Iím grateful that Iím married to Ashley, my wife now. It took me awhile
to find the right person. Some people are lucky, they meet and marry
their high school sweetheart or whatever. I never saw a real marriage
working, because I grew up with just my dad. It took me awhile to figure
out whatís needed in a happy marriage. You need to be all-in. You need
to put all your chips on the table. You canít save some for yourself or
And you have to like each other. Itís just all these things, it took me
awhile to figure them out and Ė nothing against the women that I did
marry, theyíre wonderful, delightful people, and by the way theyíre very
happy now without me, which is great. I am super grateful that Ashley
came into my life.
J: Do you get that serious about things in the show?
Arnold: I do, but then youíve got to go to the funny stuff. Itís
ridiculous. Otherwise it would be horribly boring and Ö thereís moments
where I digress but Ö Iíve had a lot of funny things happen to me. Iíve
been stabbed by my wife. Iíve intentionally done stupid things like
putting giant tattoos on me and Ö Iíve done a lot of dumb things, and I
talk about that. I can see younger people in the audience taking it in,
thinking, ĎI donít think Iím going to do that. He seems like he
took one for us there.í
J: Would a tabloid reader or E! watcher be very well satisfied
with this show, then?
Arnold: Thereís a few extra things that havenít been there, that
havenít been in the tabloids. But theyíll be satisfied, yeah.
J: Whatís ahead for you?
Arnold: Iím going to a tour a little bit more because of this
special. Iím going to do some more shows. Then Iím going to do another
television show that Iím writing now. Arnold Schwarzenegger and I are
going to do another movie together. I canít wait to do that. He has so
many things heís going to do now that heís done in office. He wants to
write, he still wants to do a lot of public service, but he will sneak
in a movie or two. Just more of that. I have three or four movies that
havenít come out yet.
my career, I go where it takes me. I donít plan things because when I
plan, it may turn out horrible. So Iíve been very lucky, and Iíll just
go wherever life takes me, and be grateful for it. In a perfect world,
Iíd have one job that I went to, and I could come home and have dinner
with my family, and everything would be wonderful, but it hasnít worked
out like that. Iíve had to travel and do this and that. Iím grateful for
it all, but maybe this year I can figure out something with less travel
that could keep me home more often with my wife and maybe we could start
that family weíve been talking about.