Schwarzenegger, who was born in Hitler's native Austria, has used the dead dictator's charisma and rise to power as inspiration for his early career as bodybuilder and eventual Mr. Universe--before applying it to his own political aspirations.
Schwarzenegger told author George Butler, who wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Portrait, "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power.
"And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and his way of getting to the people and so on. "But I didn't admire him for what he did with it."
Butler also remembers being startled by the star's fascination with the Nazi regime. He claims Schwarzenegger played "Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home" and even "frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an SS officer".
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