Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't fooling anybody as he goes undercover to sell gas guzzling cars. The world famous Terminator actor dressed as a car salesman named Howard Kleiner in an effort to prove a point about big oil companies. The fact that Schwarzenegger isn't fooling anyone is exactly what he is trying to get across about big oil companies and their tactics to sell giant gas guzzling cars to the public without talking about the impact they have on the environment. The actor had this to say about the undercover video.
"I'm back... as Howard Kleiner. This time I went undercover as a used car salesman to help non-profit Veloz share the benefits of electric cars... by selling the opposite."
Right from the start, a hat and a mustache isn't going to disguise Arnold Schwarzenegger. As he walks out to greet his first "customers" they know right away it's him, but they play along with the joke anyway. The couple is looking for an energy efficient and quiet electric car, so Schwarzenegger goes back and gets a massive Hummer all-terrain vehicle and starts filling the parking lot with exhaust. The actor laughs gleefully as he hits the gas and more exhaust comes flowing out of the car.
Another customer comes in and seems to be falling for the fake car salesman act, although he keeps looking around to see if this is real. The customer is looking for an electric car and when asked why, he mentions a tax credit as one of his reasons and the carpool lane as another. "This is testosterone! Do you want a gas credit or street credit?," asks Arnold Schwarzenegger as Howard Kleiner. He then offers up some bumper stickers that make fun of electric cars.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an outspoken supporter of the environment and has been for decades now. The electric car is something the actor really believes in and he even has a first-of-its-kind all-electric Mercedes G-Wagen, which cost him over $1 million to have built and he isn't stopping there. Schwarzenegger is trying to have his Hummers and other big gas guzzling vehicles all set up to run electrically. He had this to say at the end of the video after he broke character.
"Electric cars save money, time, and the environment, without sacrificing any of the fun and excitement of driving."
When discussing climate change while governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger would often say, "There's no Republican air or Democratic air. We all breathe the same air." While what he's saying certainly makes sense, getting people out to switch to electric cars is going to take a lot more than a viral video of Schwarzenegger with a fake mustache, but it's a good place to start and raise awareness. While we wait for Terminator: Dark Fate, you can watch Schwarzenegger as Howard Kleiner below, thanks to the Arnold Schwarzenegger YouTube channel.