California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is stepping in to help resolve a strike by US film and television writers with a direct address to Writers Guild of America president Patric Verrone. "Come on, Verrone! You got what you want. Give these people airtime!" Schwarzenegger, a star of over 30 films, has been a critic of the industrial action since it started on 5 November, and opposes a new contract governing writers’ electronic revenue rights. "You cold-blooded bastard, I live to see you eat that contract. But I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!"