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Schwarzenegger goes to Nevada to attend Curtis funeral

October 4, 2010 |  5:30 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Nevada on Monday to attend the funeral of actor Tony Curtis.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, "Schwarzenegger arrived about 20 minutes into the service and was asked to speak first by Rabbi Mel Hecht." Schwarzenegger told mourners that Curtis encouraged him to change his name and his accent to make it in Hollywood.

Schwarzenegger noted that Curtis, who died last week at age 85, posed nude for Vanity Fair just five years ago.

"He had a picture of himself at age 80 standing at the swimming pool, naked," the governor said. "Who has the guts to have a naked photo taken at age 80? Normally, men have a fig leaf to cover their private parts, but Tony's private parts were so big he had two dogs covering them!"

Always the consummate statesman.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento