True Myths: The Life and Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Explores the life of a champion bodybuilder who, despite such handicaps as his name, heavy accent, and limited acting ability, became one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood, in an extensively researched and witty biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Nigel Andrews is the film critic of the Financial Times and the author of True Myths: The Life and Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Birch Lane Press, 1996. After graduating from Cambridge University he worked at the British Film Institute as an editor on the Cinema One book series and was a frequent writer for Sight and Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin. He has also broadcast regularly for BBC Radio, writing and presenting programmes on the arts and cinema. In 1985 he was named Critic of the Year in the British Press Awards.

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"Somewhere between the simple truth and the possible souping-up... lies the wonderful zone of the True Myth," writes British film critic Andrews in his unauthorized biography of iconic superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a hardbody, actor, businessperson, restaurateur, Republican and Kennedy-by-marriage, "Arnold," as Andrews calls him throughout, seems a perfect subject to deconstruct in this vein. Andrews, an admitted Arnold fan, attempts to explore notions of fame and ambition by tracing the life of the man who rose from rural Austria to become a hulking, prizewinning bodybuilder, then a powerful figure in American entertainment and politics. Focusing on discrepancies in versions of well-known Arnold anecdotes, Andrews suggests that the actor is the malevolent maker of his own myth. It's hardly a shocking idea in the world of Hollywood PR machinery, and the author's lack of firsthand access to the star rarely makes these accusations ring true, or even interesting. Elsewhere, Andrews relies on previous bios to psychoanalyze Arnold's bodybuilding fixations and his relationship to his stern father. As he chronicles Arnold's weightlifting competitions, film work and marriage, Andrews rarely gets under the surface of his subject. Goofy chapter titles such as "Conan the Workaholic" and "Arnold Cybernegger" do little to crack the surface of his monolithic subject, either. Photos.
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