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Former Schwarzenegger spokesman teams up with Sacramento train hero

Aaron McLear, press Secretary to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, briefs reporters at the Capitol on Feb 11, 2009.
Aaron McLear, press Secretary to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, briefs reporters at the Capitol on Feb 11, 2009. The Sacramento Bee file

The high-speed heroics of Anthony Sadler and his two friends, who foiled a gunman’s attack on a bullet train bound for Paris last weekend, sounded like something out of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

Now the Sacramento State student is just one degree of separation from the Governator: Sadler and his family have retained former Schwarzenegger press secretary and Republican strategist Aaron McLear to help parse the crush of requests for interviews and appearances.

McLear said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson contacted him this week about assisting the Sadlers, who did not “have an infrastructure set up to deal with” the overnight celebrity. His firm, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs, took on the job pro bono.

“We were just blown away by the courage of these three guys and wanted to help in any way we could,” McLear said. “We're thrilled to help the Sadlers tell Anthony's amazing story.”

Sadler is already facing 70 or 80 requests from media outlets across the globe, McLear said. A film adaptation starring Schwarzenegger, however, is not yet in the works.

“It would be a hell of a movie,” McLear said.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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