Schwarzenegger rewriting history in portrait painting


Arnold Schwarzenegger posing with his portrait

By Lydia O’Connor in the USA:

Schwarzenegger Reportedly Has Maria Shriver Painted Over In Portrait, Fails Miserably

09/11/2014 5:23 pm EDT

An undeniable blotch on an official portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is a hasty cover-up job to erase estranged wife Maria Shriver’s face from the painting, sources told the New York Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

The portrait, which Schwarzenegger sat for in 2003 but was just unveiled Monday, originally featured an image of Shriver’s face on a lapel pin, a staffer at the state Capitol told the Post.

“Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job,” tour guide Richard Granis said of the painting originally done by renowned Austrian artist Gott­fried Helnwein. “It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel.”

Schwarzenegger and Shriver split in 2011 when it came to light that he had engaged in extramarital affairs and fathered a child with a household staffer more than a decade earlier. The couple has not finalized a divorce and for years faced rumors of a reconciliation, though the conspicuous smudge may end those whispers once and for all.

At 6 feet tall, the portrait is larger than those of other modern-day governors, The Associated Press reported, and was paid for by Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger, Stallone kill bats


From the Evening Standard in England:

Sly and Arnie ‘killing thousands of bats

24 Jan 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are under fire from animal activists after they woke up one of Europe’s biggest colonies of hibernating bats to film their latest movie.

They say the bats may starve in their thousands because the lights and cameras disturbed their winter sleep, leaving them disorientated and confused.

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and their crew entered the Devetashka cave in Bulgaria to film The Expendables 2, due to be screened this summer.