The most interesting thing during The 60 Minutes interview of Arnold Schwarzenegger was when his true body language leaked during the discussion of his cheating on Maria. Veteran reporter Leslie Stahl (who was clearly smitten with Arnold) doing her interviews with him says : You cheated on Maria.” Instead of looking remorseful or sad, he leaks out a smile as you cans see above. It is a genuine smile a the apples of his cheeks are raised and his eyes are squinted. The sides of his mouth go up.This indicates that he is clearly not sad.
Does Arnold have any remorse that he cheated on Maria In my view based on the body language he exhibited the answer is No. He may have remorse that he got caught and that it was an embarrassment for him but that is it. Otherwise the whole interview was complete PR spin as I see it.
The other bombshell in the interview was that he cheated on Maria while they were dating. Below are some photos when they were dating and even when they were married as you can see they are completely disconnected as they have been throughout their marriage.
In this photo we can see just how disconnected they are. When two people who are supposedly in love look in different directions and are out of synch it does’t look good.
While dating they continue to look in different direction and there does not seem to be the warmness and passion between a couple that should be there during the initial stages of the relationship.
They were still disconnected during their wedding as in all of the photos released that are looking in different direction (not a good sign) and they are not very affectionate with one another.
For Maria marriage to Arnold was making a statement as he was so different from any man a Kennedy would consider for Maria. He was not the blue blood, highly educated,professional man that her family might have envisioned for her. For Maria marriage to Arnold breaking out of the mold and asserting her independence. For Arnold the marriage to Maria was a quick ticket into society and respect. He was obsessed with ambition and he stopped at nothing short to make sure Maria was a vehicle to further help him rise to the top.
So when he said that after he cheated on Maria with Brigette Neilson,while he and Maria were dating it convinced him that he wanted to marry Maria it was no surprise. of course it did . With Brigette who was the sexy bombshell of the day, there was no rising to the top. She was just as ambitious as he was and he saw much of himself in her. He wanted someone who was already there in terms of wealth and social standing who could help him get to places much higher than Brigette could help him get to.
The only heights he could reach with Brigette were sexual ones. In his photos with Brigette we see and feel the chemistry between them off the screen as we see above and
on the screen as we clearly see above. He never showed that mush passion with Maria , at least publicly.
Maria helped him to get what he wanted – more fame and power as she was the perfect Kennedy vehicle to help get him elected as California’s governor. But as you can see in the photo above they still continued to look in different directions and still continued to look disconnected.
As his stint as governor came to an end you can really see how disconnected the couple was as they appeared in public. You an see the strain on Maria’s face.
Body language wise Arnold does not really feel that his affair with his maid was the stupidest thing he did. Maybe not wearing condom was the stupidest thing he did but certainly the affair was not stupid to him. When he tales about compartmentalizing the incident especially after a child was born, it show just how cold and calculating Arnold is and how he is able to put all emotion aside for his fame and fortune and power. He thought no one would ever find out so there was no concern to him.
As far as the interview itself was concerned, it was a free pass for Arnold. Leslie Stahl was clearly smitten with him. She fawned over him and was coquettish with him in a very school girl sort of way. It was actually disturbing to watch this veteran reporter get lost in her own obvious crush like feelings towards Arnold.
The 60 Minutes piece showed that no one rally cares Arnold cheated on Maria except Maria. he still has throngs of vans and is loved around the world. He did a mea culpa and admitted his shortcomings in his book and on the road so now he is free to go on an pursue the next chapter in his life as he makes movies and perhaps finds real love and passion this time around.