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1 He is the exploitation performer who, by 1990, had risen to the top of the Hollywood A-list. John Ellis has discussed how stardom is a negotiation of apparent “ordinariness” and glamorous remoteness (91). But this resoundingly New Hollywood star has striven to forge an identity that is anything but ordinary. More like the godlike figures of studio-era Hollywood Babylon, Schwarzenegger wants visibly to be as extraordinary as possible. Extratextual glimpses of the Schwarzenegger-Shrivers jet-skiing in Florida do little to suggest a sense of an average family man mucking in with the kids.
Throughout the 1990s when he was at his film-starriest, Schwarzenegger also maintained his sports star persona for merchandising purposes. Perhaps in his focus on the body he turned film stardom into an extension of sports stardom. Yet more than swimming or martial arts, bodybuilding might be seen as perfect training for male spectacle. Doubts have been raised over its status as a bona fide sport, and Schwarzenegger himself admits that the posing of bodybuilding is “pure theatre”: “I’d see where they did slow poses, and figure out how I could put in three poses for their one, and thus be able to show many more body parts to the judges” (Schwarzenegger and Hall 69).
His ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER 29 bodily movements frequently appear considered, posed and held for inspection” (285–86)—an inactive action star, then. Despite the fact that Schwarzenegger never really threw off the impression that English was a foreign language to him (an insurmountable problem in Hollywood since the coming of sound), his stardom went stratospheric relative to that of his European compatriots. Though Van Damme and Lundgren appeared primarily in action films in the 1990s, Schwarzenegger became the genre’s charismatic patron saint.