Schwarzenegger laughs at self

LOS ANGELES: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s five-minute cameo as an egocentric, polygamist prince in Disney’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ has fellow actors applauding his willingness to mock his Hollywood image. “I think Schwarzenegger doesn’t care in this movie, he makes fun of himself,” said Jackie Chan, the film’s star and executive producer, on the red carpet before the film’s premiere Sunday. Schwarzenegger, who faced allegations during his gubernatorial campaign of having groped women, donned a wig and robes in his role as the indulgent Prince Hapi, who boasts a wife for each day of the week. Robert Patrick, Macy Gray, Rob Schneider and Kathy Bates, who appear in the film, also attended. “I think he was a very good sport, to throw away his ego and accept to wear this stupid wig and funny bathrobe,” said ‘Around the World’ star Cecile De France, whose character ends up in a hot tub with the governor in one scene. Schwarzenegger, who filmed the part before the campaign, was invited to the premiere, but his office earlier said he would not have a role publicising the film, which opens nationally Wednesday. — AP