Schwarzenegger: Being Governor Cost Me $200M
Arnold tallies up the movie moolah he missed out on
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2011 2:33 PM CST
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Such sacrifice: Arnold Schwarzenegger's turn as governor cost him "probably more than $200 million," he tells an Austrian paper. He arrived at that tally by adding up his expenses and income he would have gained had his day job remained acting in Hollywood films. Still, "I'm not sorry. It was more than worth it." In fact, the biggest downside wasn't the lost cash, reports Reuters: It was "the damage my time as governor did to the family. There is a lot there that needs to be repaired."

Schwarzenegger says his wife and kids spent many a Sunday night crying, upset at the thought of him leaving their LA home for Sacramento the next day. "We hate your job," they would tell him. But "in my second term of office, I did better. I tried to fly home every evening."