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Schwarzenegger to boost Hollywood
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
The governor is trying to attract film-makers to state properties
Actor-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has enlisted the help of Hollywood friends to try and boost the state's film industry.

Movie stars Danny DeVito and Clint Eastwood were appointed to a 26-member Californian Film Commission to persuade producers to make films in the state.

"We want to make sure that Hollywood becomes the booming town it once was," Mr Schwarzenegger said.

"The mission is very important to keep production here."

Eastwood and DeVito joined the governor at the commission's launch in the state capital Sacramento.

DeVito appeared with Mr Schwarzenegger in the 1988 comedy Twins.

Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito starred with Schwarzenegger in Twins
The California governor also appointed Lili Zanuck, producer of Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, to the body.

Mr Schwarzenegger - who has often been derided for his acting - joked: "Just to show you the talent we have here, between Clint and Lili and me we have three Oscars."

Other members include actor Bill Duke, who appeared in Mr Schwarzenegger's 1987 action film Predator, and TV producer Tom Werner.

"Also what is important is to make the costs come down and make it free of charge to shoot here in some of the state properties," Mr Schwarzenegger said.

"Also, this commission will be utilised to go to Washington and to lobby."

Eastwood, who was nominated for best director at this year's Oscars for Mystic River, said he applauded the governor's move.

"I don't think any of us has the answer to inspiring productions to stay in California but we can all roll up our sleeves and we can all go about trying to find the solution," he said.

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