At a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to reassure nervous California Republicans of his conservative bona fides, he probably didn't want to be reminded of his wild past. On Wednesday, The Smoking Gun unearthed an interview he gave to the adult magazine Oui in 1977 in which he boasted of smoking ''grass and hash,'' picking up women for sex before bodybuiilding competitions, and participating in orgies.
Schwarzenegger, then 29 and newly famous as the star of the bodybuilding documentary ''Pumping Iron,'' spoke of one encounter at a Los Angeles gym where ''there was a black girl who came out naked. Everybody jumped on her and took her upstairs, where we all got together.'' Everybody, that is, who could still get aroused while performing in front of other men, he said, though he used more colorful language.
Before competing, he said, ''I get laid on purpose. I can't sleep before a competition and I'm up all night, anyway, so instead of staring at the ceiling I figure I might as well find somebody and f---.'' In fact, at the 1972 Mr. Olympia finals, he said, ''we had girls backstage giving [oral sex], then all of us went out and I won. It didn't bother me at all; in fact, I went out there feeling like King Kong.''
The gubernatorial candidate and his supporters dismissed the likely impact of the magazine story. ''I haven't lived my life to be a politician,'' Schwarzenegger said on a radio interview, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Republican strategist Allan Hoffenblum said he didn't think the Oui interview was a ''campaign killer.'' He told the Reporter, ''This is when he was young, when he had a pretty wild life, and it is something that everyone has been expecting. It is shocking among family-value types, but that is the group that is least likely to vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger regardless. It is not shocking to those of us who have known about Schwarzenegger.''