Arnold Schwarzenegger risks a bad paint job to get rid of his ex-wife's face

2014-09-12 02:00

Los Angeles - Arnold Schwarzenegger has had his ex-wife's face removed from a painting.

The Terminator star - the former governor of California - is said to have been so keen to erase any memory of his marriage to former TV journalist Maria Shriver, 58, that he's had an artist paint over the image of her face on his official political portrait.

However, in his hastiness, he neglected to ensure the job was done properly and now California Capitol insiders have been commenting on the odd smudge of blue paint that has replaced Maria's face.

Capitol tour guide Richard Granis told the New York Post newspaper: "Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job. It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel."

The six-foot oil painting originally featured a small lapel pin emblazoned with an image of Maria - whom Arnold split from in 2010 when it emerged he'd fathered a love-child with the family maid - and was painted by renowned Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein.

Another member of the Capitol staff has revealed that as Arnold, 67, was so desperate to have her image removed, following the news last week that she'd been having an affair with his campaign strategist Matthew Dowd, before it's unveiling ceremony on Monday, that he failed to have the artist use the same matte paint as the rest of the artwork.

The CA Government OPs tweeted the unveiling of the painting with Schwarzenegger standing next to it. The photo was taken from a distance so as to avoid noticing the bad paint job publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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