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Schwarzenegger Statues Coming To A City Near You

His biceps, his scandals, his new personal shrine...Schwarzenegger likes them big.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has personally commissioned at least three eight-foot, 580-pound, muscle-flexing bronze statues of himself, the New York Daily News reported today. The larger-than-life figures supposedly immortalize the scandal-ridden Governator in a classic body-builder pose reminiscent of his pre-politics, pre-Hollywood days.

Tim Parks, owner of sculpture-casting studio TW Bronze, the company hired to complete the statues, claims that as many as seven bronze Schwarzeneggers may be produced from the initial molds. The first of the statues have already been completed and shipped to the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum in his hometown of Thal, Austria.

The five-time Mr. Universe title-holder and seven-time Mr. Olympia winner raved to Parks that the “heroic-scaled” statues were “fantastic” – and “definitely wants one” for himself.

Schwarzenegger’s egotistic enthusiasm may raise a few eyebrows in light of the recent demise of his marriage, but won’t come as a shock to fans of his 2004 comedy “Around the World in 80 Days” – in the film, Scwarzenegger plays a prince who calls his towering bronze statue of himself his “most treasured possession.”

When Jackie Chan’s character attempts to destroy it in an action scene, he begs, “Please! Anything but my statue of me!”

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