Arnold Schwarzenegger’s portrait unveiled at California Capitol
A photo-realistic portrait of celebrated actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was unveiled on Monday as the former California governor returned to the state's Capitol.
Painted by Austrian-Irish artist Gottfried Helnwein, the portrait shows the prolific film star and former governor in front of the state seal, wearing a gray suit and a blue-&-black striped tie.
Typically, state funds are used to commission such portraits. But, Schwarzenegger paid for his own portrait.
Addressing a crowd of fans and politicians, Schwarzenegger said he had never in his wildest dreams thought that he would one day become a governor, or that there would be a portrait hanging in California's Capitol.
Sharing his views during the portrait unveiling event, Schwarzenegger said, "When I was a young man in Austria, I dreamed about coming to California every day. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become governor, or that one day there would be a portrait hanging here in the state Capitol."
He also thanked everyone who worked through his turbulent tenure. He said hundreds of people who deserved to be remembered for their hard work on behalf of California while he was in office.
Schwarzenegger, an immigrant who eventually married into the family of the late U. S. President John F. Kennedy, became California's governor in 2003 after the aftermath of the dot-com crash that roiled the state economy and ravaged its budget.
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