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Monday 29 December 2014

Williams stood up to Schwarzenegger

Olivia Williams enjoyed her political debates with Arnold Schwarzenegger
Olivia Williams enjoyed her political debates with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Olivia Williams has revealed she debated politics with Arnold Schwarzenegger when they worked together on action movie Sabotage.

The Anna Karenina star admitted her left-wing politics clashed with those of the conservative former Governor of California, but she wasn't afraid to argue with the Terminator.

Olivia insisted: "He and I got on very well. I went in there with a lot of left-wing politics and feminist and green soap boxes to stand on, and he met me on the soap box and we had some very good conversations.

"Yes, we exchanged a couple of strongly held views, but we got on very well."

The British actress - who voices the Queen in new animation Justin And The Knights Of Valour - also recently worked with director David Cronenberg on his new film Map To The Stars, also starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

Olivia said of Cronenberg: "You'd think from his body of work that he might be a slightly creepy person who you wouldn't want to spend a lot of time with... but he's the nicest man in the world. Funny, ironic, very gentle... his set was a beautiful place to work. It was very creative, and sort of like a Zen monastery - after most films set having people shouting, 'We've got to get the light', and, 'Try that again!'

"He knows exactly what he wants and I really liked him very much."

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