So says the man who now has Trump’s old job.
Schwarzenegger, who served for two terms as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, will succeed the Republican candidate as host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice beginning Jan. 2, 2017.
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for president. As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else: American,” Schwarzenegger, who has been named Adweek‘s Brand Visionary honoree, told his Twitter followers Oct. 8. “So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party—it is your duty.” Looking back at his own time in office, he admits, “I didn’t love politics, but I love policy.”
James Cameron, who cast Schwarzenegger in the Terminator franchise in the ’80s, says the actor is one of the most focused people he’s ever worked with throughout his career. “The biggest mistake with Arnold is to underestimate him. He said, ‘Let me be clear: I don’t want to be an actor. I want to be a movie star.’ I kind of laughed into my sleeve because it seemed unfathomable from where he was starting,” he recalls. “But within a handful of years…”
“It has to sound appealing to me, it has to be challenging, it has to be something I can get consumed in,” the actor tells Adweek. “It’s fun to climb the mountain rather than sit at the top.”