Arnold Schwarzenegger on Technology

Republican CA Governor


1988 royalty deal changed way film industry operates

In 1988, Ivan Reitman was [producing a movie] about a perfect physical specimen who discovers that his twin is a short, stocky small-time crook. The studio, Universal, was extremely nervous about the idea of starring somebody like Schwarzenegger in a high-budget comedy.

So Schwarzenegger worked on the picture for no money up front. But in lieu of a salary, they split a percentage of the box office receipts from the first dollar--an unheard-of arrangement that would allow the picture to be made for measly sum of $15.5 million. If the film was a dad, Universal would be protected. If it was a hit, the director and his two stars would clean up.

Arnold ended up with 17.5% of the film's $110 million gross, the most anybody had ever made on a single film until that point. When his fellow stars heard how he had fared, many of them insisted on a similar arrangement for their next film, initiating a complex financing system that has permanently changed the way the film industry operates.

Source: The Governator, by Ian Halperin, p.208-209 , Oct 12, 2010

Teamed with Gov. Rendell on "Building America's Future"

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell in 2008 teamed up with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to form Building America's Future (BAF), a bipartisan coalition looking, in Rendell's words, to "deliver a message to Washington that if America is going to have a future, an economically viable future, a quality-of-life future, a future that involves public safety, we have to begin the business of repairing infrastructure." In a February 2010 speech at an economic conference, Rendell warned, "If we don't do something quickly, by the time 2030 rolls around, America will be a second-rate economic power." Telling the businessmen in the room that "nothing significant will change until the businessmen step up and say, 'Guys, we're having the living daylights beaten out of us. If we don't do something quickly, we're sunk--we're a cooked goose.'"
Source: Third World America, by Arianna Huffington, p. 97 , Sep 2, 2010

Ban motorists from holding cell phones while driving

Legislative Summary: SB1613: This bill would make it an infraction to drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, unless that telephone is configured to allow hands-free operation, and is used in that manner while driving.

Los Angeles Times analysis: California became the fourth state in the U.S. to ban motorists from holding cell phones while driving. Though the only official opponent of the bill was the Sprint-Nextel cellular phone company, several lawmakers argued that the act of conversing--not of holding a phone--is the real distraction to drivers. Some Republican lawmakers criticized the bill as "nanny government."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 78-0-1 on Aug/24/06; Passed Senate 21-16-3 on Aug/31/06; Signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sep/15/06

Source: Los Angeles Times on California SB1613 voting records , Sep 15, 2006

Infrastructure should be a top priority

I am for Proposition 53. I think itís a good beginning. But the fact of the matter is that we need a lot of infrastructure here in California. Infrastructure with the highways and with the transportation, the railroads, infrastructure with our water supply, infrastructure with our ports. We need that. We should model ourselves after Texas. In Texas, theyíve committed $140 billion for infrastructure. They are going to start now with building 4,000 miles of transportation, railway, freeways, highways and all those kinds of things. They have already taken the position we were first in export, now itís Texas is first in export, because they are really aggressive, it seems. Thatís what California ought to do.
Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento , Sep 24, 2003

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