A huge poster featuring California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's visit California campaign, decorates a stairwell  in Tokyo. // Arnold Schwarzenegger, various Japanese companies (Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)

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A huge poster featuring California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's visit California campaign, decorates a stairwell in Tokyo.

Bill Murray poked fun at the trend in Lost in Translation, but jetting across the Pacific to sell Japanese products has long been a successful, lucrative move for celebs looking to cash in on their popularity. No Hollywood star succeeded at this more than Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turned his action hero status into big bucks during the eighties and nineties. The Kindergarten Cop sold everything from noodles to "potency" cocktails in Japan, a practice that - according to the L.A. Times - afforded the California governor as much as $3 million for an afternoon's work. Yet Schwarzenegger need not fret over the odd, potentially embarrassing ads he shot for an easy payday — countless other celebs have followed suit, including Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Sly Stallone, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan and George Clooney.

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