Arnold Schwarzenegger: action star, policy wonk

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It a scene from the corner of Hollywood and politics.

Consider that Arnold Schwarzenegger still fancies the role of action star and bodybuilder. His latest crime thriller “Sabotage” opens next month; the actor plays John “Breacher” Wharton, who leads an elite DEA task force who are disposed of one at a time after they bust a drug cartel’s safe house.

But the former California governor, age 66, can’t quite let go of politics either.

Next week, he headlines something called “People Over Politics”, where he gathers with the inevitable experts who will be “delving into political gridlock, hyper-partisanship and the solutions to end it,” according to the organizers.

The event will be held at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute. Yes, the Governator maintains an academic and very splashy policy center on the campus which counts George Schultz, Christine Todd Whitman and former Mexico president Vincente Fox on its extensive advisory board.

Among the 10-person panel to help Mr. Schwarzenegger figure it all out: MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and Howard Wolfson, former deputy mayor under Michael R. Bloomberg and a chief press officer for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

This is a long way from “Sabotage.”

But as Arnold himself tells his Facebook followers, “I told you I’d be back.”

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