Schwarzenegger, who was born in Hitler's native Austria, has used the dead dictator's charisma and rise to power as inspiration for his early career as bodybuilder and eventual MR UNIVERSE - before applying it to his own political aspirations.
The TERMINATOR star told author George Butler, "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power.
"And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and his way of getting to the people and so on.
"But I didn't admire him for what he did with it."
Butler - who wrote ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: A PORTRAIT - also remembers being startled by the star's fascination with the Nazi regime.
He claims Schwarzenegger played "Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home" and even "frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an SS officer".23/05/2005 13:52