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Schwarzenegger talks more 'Terminator' than Prop. 8 with Jay Leno

May 26, 2009 |  9:06 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger taped his 25th appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to air tonight in the comedian’s final week as host. 

Most of the visits were before the former movie actor’s political career began. Although they discussed the state budget crisis and the California Supreme Court’s decision upholding Proposition 8, much of the discussion tonight was light banter, as when Leno asked Schwarzenegger about the new Terminator movie. 

Schwarzenegger, who originated the franchise, has been supplanted as its star by Christian Bale, and said he’d taken his family to see the movie. 

“The only thing is I was somewhat a little bit upset because I turned to my daughter and said, ‘What do you think?’ ” Schwarzenegger said, according to a transcript, and then quoted her as saying: "'That was the best Terminator movie ever.' " “Really?” Leno asked. “Yeah,” Schwarzenegger replied. “So I said, ‘Oh, that's great. Thanks a lot.’ ”

Later, discussing his recent commencement address at USC, Schwarzenegger described his recipe for success this way: “I'm not going to give the long version, but what it comes down to is simply come to this country, work like hell and marry a Kennedy.”

On Prop, 8, the governor said: "Well, as I sent out the regular press statement saying that we, you know, we'll uphold the law. We respect the court's decision, and, you know, I think that this is not over, this decision, because I think they're going to be back. In a year or two, they will be back again with another initiative trying to get it. You know, eventually it's going to be overturned."

-- Michael Rothfeld