Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot count on the support of some Hollywood big-shots in his efforts to become governor of California in next week’s recall election.
Dozens of celebrities – including actors, producers, writers and studio chiefs - published a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of the trade newspaper Variety urging others in the show-business community to vote No on the effort to remove California Gov. Gray Davis from office on October 7.
“Join us,” the ad reads in bold letters. “Vote no on the recall.” A long list of names follows.
Schwarzenegger, the apparent front-runner in the election, is never directly mentioned.
Those on the black-and-white advert included Amy Pascal, chairman of Sony’s Columbia Pictures which distributed the Schwarzenegger films The 6th Day and Last Action Hero and Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, which distributed the Austrian tough-man’s End of Days and Junior.
Other show-business executives who sponsored the advert included Paramount Pictures president Sherry Lansing, DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen and billionaire producer Haim Saban.
Among the actors were Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Barbra Streisand, Larry David, Cybill Shepherd, James Cromwell, Stacy Keach, Rob Reiner and Pierce Brosnan, who appeared with Davis at a bill-signing ceremony yesterday.
Another name on the list: Arianna Huffington, the Greek-born TV commentator and columnist who recently abandoned her independent candidacy in the election.