Since leaving public office in 2011 after his two terms, Schwarzenegger has re-entered the spotlight. Over the past year, Schwarzenegger has returned to the big screen by starring in “The Expendables 2”
and is in the midst of shooting five other films. It also made news recently that Schwarzenegger had an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen
while he was having a relationship with Maria Shriver.
Despite his off-screen dilemmas, Schwarzenegger still maintains a huge following, which could be seen in his Thursday visit to the city of Toronto at the Indigo bookstore at Bay and Bloor Streets. Hundreds of people gathered to get his new book "Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story”
signed and hopefully take a quick photograph of the international celebrity.
Prior to his noon booksigning, the crowd started to chant “Arnold! Arnold!” Moments later, Schwarzenegger made his way down the stairs of Indigo and participated in a photo-op for all of the fans, media and spectators.
Schwarzenegger, who wrote his first autobiography in 1977, addressed the crowd before proceeding to sign 225 copies of his book. He stated that it’s been one year since he made a visit to Toronto where he made a stop at Roots, which is a clothing store he says he loves and visits. When he left, though, he assured everyone “I’ll be back.”
The star of the upcoming films “The Tomb”
and “The Last Stand”
explained how important Canada is since it’s the United States’s neighbour to the north and that it’s a beautiful country where he has shot motion pictures, visited on vacation with his family and headed a trade mission during his time as governor.
“I brought my family up here, travelled around and it’s just really beautiful. It’s really great to be back here again for this book promotion for ‘Total Recall’,” said Schwarzenegger. “I want to say thank you to all of you. I know that you all have a busy schedule and you’ve taken time out from your busy schedule to come here and to buy the book because you’re great followers, great fans. I know this from the movie business already and how you’ve followed my career and how you’ve always supported me.”
He concluded, “I promise, I’ll be back.” The fans cheered after he uttered those three famous words.
As fans got their books signed, people all over the store tried to catch a glimpse and capture a photo of “The Terminator” star. Many people did this by climbing onto tables and bookshelves and standing in areas that were then labelled by security as a “fire hazard.”
Nevertheless, Schwarzenegger took his jacket off, rolled up his sleeves and even met a lady who started to cry when she met him and got her book signed.