Comic actor Eddie Murphy is said to be considering a move into politics.
The star of Beverley Hills Cop and Norbit is keen to add his considerable voice to the issues troubling America.
Said a friend: "He had dinner with Schwarchenegger who told him to get into politics if he wanted to save his career.
"Arnie woke him up to the fact that the 80s were a long time ago and that in politics, unlike in movies, you're still guaranteed a regular wage."
Arnold Schwarchenegger, who went from bodybuilder to action hero to the Govenor of California, denied he had advised Murphy but said in a statement: "He'll be back."
Many of Murphy's fans would no doubt welcome that but he was urged to be cautious by movie veteran Clint Eastwood.
The Dirty Harry star had a brief spell as the Mayor of Carmel.
Explained Clint: "It's a lot of work and you can't just go round shooting people. It made me realise that not everyone not everyone was a punk. If Eddie's moving to politics, he'll have to be good, bad and ugly."
Sources close to the Shrek star insist the rumours are false. The man himself however, like all politicians, is saying nothing.
Norbit, Murphy's latest film, is on DVD.