Date: 8th September 2003

Stars won't back Arnie

Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Cybill Shepherd and Sylvester Stallone are the latest stars in Hollywood's constellation who say they don't want to see fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger move to the California governor's mansion.

"No, I won't vote for Arnold," Ford said in Berlin, where he was promoting his latest movie with his girlfriend Calista Flockhart.

Hanks was furious when he heard rumours a powerful actors' agency planned to support the Terminator's candidacy.

"Tom (Hanks) was furious when (a misleading) article in the Los Angeles Times appeared on Tuesday, saying Creative Artists Agency would help Schwarzenegger in his bid for governor," the New York Post said.

"Tom and other power players are absolutely against Arnold becoming governor."

For Shepherd, star of the popular television series Moonlighting, the muscle-bound Austrian-born action hero winning the October 7 recall election, "would be the worst tragedy in the history of California".

"I think that we are the laughing stock of the world, with Arnold Schwarzenegger running (for) governor," Shepherd told Access Hollywood.

"I think he's a real hypocrite," said the actress, who has challenged many of Schwarzenegger's views, in particular his views on abortion.

"I think he has a past that is going to come out, and I'm not going to mention what it is, but it's not going to be pretty." It was unclear whether she was referring to a 1977 magazine interview in which Schwarzenegger revealed that during his bodybuilding days he smoked marijuana and took part in orgies.

Stallone warned his colleague against politics. "I think it's very dangerous waters," said the star of Rambo and Rocky.

"I personally think actors should remain actors, but I know he's always had blind ambition for that, so maybe it'll work out for him," Stallone said in Venice, where he was attending the 60th Venice Film Festival.

Director and actor Woody Allen was more moderate in his opinions on Schwarzenegger's bid for Golden State governor. "He's an extremely nice, likeable person. California has many problems," he said.

"You know, it's hard to imagine that not having any political background and not having any experience, he would be able to make a big difference there. But you never know."

The Courier-Mail

Source: Press Release