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He's back! Arnold Schwarzenegger to voice animated superhero, 'The Governator'

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his first entertainment job since leaving office – an animated TV show in which The Governator will battle G.I.R.L.I.E. Men.

By Daniel B. WoodStaff writer / April 5, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for photographers during the MIPTV convention in Cannes, France, Monday. He is back in Cannes for the first time in eight years to unveil a new international television series, 'The Governator.'

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The man who starred as Conan the Barbarian, the Terminator, and the 38th governor of California, has now signed up for his first role since leaving office.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is teaming up with Stan Lee, creator of the Hulk, Iron Man, and the X-Men, to work on a forthcoming animated TV show called "The Governator."

Gone are the scourge of chronic budget deficits, replaced by the global terror crime wave. Gone is governor's smoking tent, replaced by a subterranean man-cave that includes an array of “SuperSuits” that make him invisible, let him walk through walls, or turn into a submarine. Instead of his famous cigars, the Governator can reach for a throat spray that lets him speak any language.

Far more camera-ready than Assembly Democrats, likely opponents will include an organization called Gangsters, Impostors, Racketeers, Liars, and Irredeemable Ex-cons (G.I.R.L.I.E. Men for short). He will have a pet shih tzu named Foofi. Wife Maria Shriver and his four kids will help.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his acting career, providing the title character’s voice for an animated action-comedy cartoon TV series," notes Iowa State University political scientist Steffen Schmidt.

This is in contrast to his term as governor, which was an “inaction comedy,” he quips.

But the idea is for real. It was formally unveiled Monday at the MIPTV international television content convention in Cannes, France. The show is set to launch in 2012, on a channel to be determined.

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