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Hasta la vista, baby! Arnold says he can speak without accent

Arnold Schwarzenegger has claimed he can speak perfect English

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Hasta la vista, baby! We all know the catchphrase and the muscled man who most famously speaks those words, but now Arnold Schwarzenegger has claimed he can speak perfect English, saying he holds on to his trademark thick accent because the fans love it.

He says he’s sticking to his Austrian drawl because people still identify the accent with the action star.

“It’s now become such a big part of me, the accent, that people really enjoy it,’ explained the 67-year-old to the Wall Street Journal, before adding he could speak in unaccented English “if I need to.”

“The very things that they said would make it impossible for me to be successful in acting were the things that became my assets,” he added, referring to his name, voice and bulked-up physique.

“Now I have the most imitated accent. It’s a trademark.”