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Big Muscles [Sep. 2nd, 2004|08:35 am]
Tony Grist
I never liked Schwarzenegger. I never like Stallone either. The Big Muscles thing always struck me as infantile. I can remember being hooked on big muscles when I was seven or eight. My big muscles hero was Steve Reeves- who played Hercules and similar characters in a series of lets-see-how-much-we-can-get-away-with Italian tits 'n' toga epics c.1960. Once puberty started to kick in, Steve toppled out of my pantheon of love-objects, to be replaced by Audrey Hepburn.

I'm a girlie-man.

Schwarzenegger's performance at the RNC was piss poor. The jokes were crass and predictable and he fluffed the timing. The political content was nil. Mainly he stood there and preened and grinned. He was a receiver. A satellite dish. He was there to gather up the adulation of the hall and transmit it on to George W Bush.

If his skin were any tighter his face would split in two. Or maybe four.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2004-09-02 01:44 am (UTC)
The man who encountered him in the wings and said, "you are as good a politician as you are an actor" was right, whether it was a low shot or not.

It makes me unhappy that I would take away from a political convention nothing but open laughter. This is the future of a country, it is not a laughing matter--but by god, the things he was saying!

Unbelievable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-02 03:02 am (UTC)
I think democratic politics has always been like this. I compare this year's conventions with the one in The Manchurian Candidate (original version) and I don't see a whole lot of difference.

Democracy is horrible- but all the alternatives are worse.

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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2004-09-02 10:40 pm (UTC)
Whatever happened to the philosopher-kings?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-03 01:07 am (UTC)
I think they went out of fashion along with Communism. The last of them- hanging on like grim death- is Fidel Castro.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2004-09-03 03:01 am (UTC)
"It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action."
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[User Picture]From: balirus
2004-09-02 06:51 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, who is relaying the RNC broadcast over there? Is it highlight/headliner coverage only, or is it being broadcast in its entirety?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-02 08:13 am (UTC)
We're getting it on the BBC Parliamentary Channel. They carried the DNC as well. I haven't stuck around long enough to see whether they're broadcasting absolutely everything, but we seem to be getting all the "major speeches". Yesterday I watched the whole of Arnie, followed by the gigglesome Bush kids. They introduced Dad who introduced Mom and by then I had had enough.
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[User Picture]From: kaysho
2004-09-02 11:22 am (UTC)
Ahhhhnold is one of those people where you have to suspect that there must be some substance beneath the image ... but secretly you fear there isn't. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-02 11:27 am (UTC)
Arnie's inner life? I can't begin to imagine it.
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[User Picture]From: balirus
2004-09-02 12:02 pm (UTC)
He's a walking growth hormone with dental implants. He is as much a prop in politics as he was in his movies.

Ouch, was that mean?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-02 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, but fair!

I read an interview with him (in Playboy, I think) at the time he first began making movies. He talked about gang bangs down the gym and how pumping iron was like having multiple orgasms and generally came across as preening, sexist and crass. I took an instant dislike to him and have never seen any reason to change my mind.
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