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September 18, 2014

Schwarzenegger Prepares to Bend Washington Ears

Traditionally politicians, get elected to office and then decide to flout the law for their own benefit.

Not Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to the mini-documentary “Arnold’s Blueprint,” the iconic Austrian jump-started his bodybuilding career — which ultimately led to mega-movie stardom and a run as governor of California — by going AWOL from the Austrian army.

Schwarzenegger has most recently been in the news for alienating his journalist wife, Maria Shriver, and his famously connected (Kennedy) in-laws by behaving very badly. He is the father of a 14-year-old son he had with a former housekeeper and has also admitted to having an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen around the time they filmed the “Conan” spin-off “Red Sonja.”

That and more is revealed in his autobiography “Total Recall.” Schwarzenegger serves up a sample reading of the tell-all tome here.

Or catch up with the former Mr. Olympia Tuesday night (7 p.m.; $15 per person) at the Hamilton (600 14th St. NW) during Washington Post Live’s book signing/discussion. The first person to tweet the terms #totalrecallbook and #washington at him (@Schwarzenegger) promptly at 6:30 p.m. will get to cut to the front of the line and pose for a special picture with the man himself.

For the moment, the socially liberal Republican appears content to set politics aside and return to the silver screen.

But as sci-fi junkies well know, Arnold’s greatest accomplishment is yet to come.

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