Schwarzenegger Parlaying Referential Nickname into Cartoon Career

March 31, 2011


For months, Arnold Schwarzenegger has teased what he might take on as his first part since being free of all those obligations he had when we let the guy from Pumping Iron run an entire state, and now, at last, he's made his announcement: he'll be playing a cartoon superhero version of himself! Because that worked out OK for Hammer, right?

Working with comics legend--and Pamela Anderson cartoon creator--Stan Lee, Schwarzenegger is developing a character cleverly called The Governator. Obviously based on the former governor's nickname (“When I ... started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger explained of his love for the semi-derisive portmantea), The Governator is planned as both a comic book and a poorly-rendered animated series that Arnold assures us "combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, [and] the True Lies"--the True Lies part no doubt referring to the fact that wife Maria Shriver and their children will also be animated characters, living peacefully in the Brentwood home that serves as a facade for The Governator's subterranean crime-fighting lair. (Note: I'm serious about all this.)

While bodybuilding was already promised as a prominent plot element, gorilla-like strength won't be the only item on Governator's toolbelt. Also at his disposal is a wealth of vehicles, a full closet of "Super Suits"--allowing him to fly, sneak into futuristic leather-daddy bars (I assume, from the costume above), etc.--and a sidekick: a 13-year-old computer expert named Zeke Muckerberg, a young partner who provides Governator with "cybersecurity" and a meaningless reference to the creator of Facebook. Together, Schwarzenegger and his underage charge will fight a variety of villains, one of the recurring foes being a group that calls themselves "Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short)." Get it? Because Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon would say "girlie men" in a sketch parodying Schwarzenegger, and then he co-opted the term for himself. And now, in a Carmen Sandiego-esque twist, it's being used as an insulting acronym for a crime organization.

In short, Arnold Schwarzenegger is animating an exercise in complete lack of self-awareness.

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