Schwarzenegger seeks no further political office

Arnold Schwarzenegger ended term as California governor earlier this month.

Vienna: Arnold Schwarzenegger will not pursue another political post after ending his term as governor of California earlier this month, the former action film star said in an interview published online by an Austrian daily.

Instead, he is reading three film scripts, he told tabloid Kronen Zeitung in a frank interview in which he also said his mother once was worried he might be homosexual.

"The only big political office that really interests me is unreachable for me, because I was born in Austria and therefore cannot become US President," he said.

But the 63-year-old announced he would continue speaking in public after his two terms as Republican governor. He said he would publicly support his successor, the Democrat Jerry Brown, especially on environmental issues.

Schwarzenegger indicated he would not take on action roles at his age. "Extreme fighting and shooting is no longer possible," he said.

He said he is interested in a film project based on a real story in which he would play a German officer in World War II who refused to carry out an order to kill children and ended up rescuing them instead.

In the previous instalment of the interview, Schwarzenegger said his mother was worried he might be gay when he was a boy, because of all the posters of naked, glistening bodybuilders he put up in his room of his Austrian home.

"She really thought I was gay. That would be nothing terrible, but it was something she could not understand," Schwarzenegger said, adding that the family doctor managed to convince his mother that her son was simply a fan of these body builders.