PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Stephen Colbert to sea: 'Brace yourself!'

Stephen Colbert to sea: ‘Brace yourself!’

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is taking on the sea.

The comedian announced Friday that he will embark on the biennial OnDeck Charleston Bermuda Race on May 11. Colbert and crew will sail a 65-foot racing yacht on the 777-mile race from his native Charleston, S.C., to Bermuda.

The ‘‘Colbert Report’’ host plans to make the adventure a focal point on his show, treating it with far more bombast than Captain Ahab ever did.

Colbert said in a statement: ‘‘The ocean has had a free ride too long. Well, it has to deal with me now. Brace yourself, Atlantic!’’

The 46-year-old has competed in the race once before, in 2005 shortly before the ‘‘Colbert Report’’ premiered.

Arnold says he’s returning to acting

LOS ANGELES — After seven years in the California governor’s mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting.

Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he’s ready to start considering film roles again.

The former governor tweeted Thursday night: ‘‘Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today.’’

Creative Artists Agency is a leading Hollywood talent agency.

Schwarzenegger’s personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday morning.

Cross-eyed opossum to pick Oscars

BERLIN — Heidi, Germany’s beloved cross-eyed opossum, is taking a page from Paul the Octopus’ playbook: the marsupial will attempt to pick this year’s Oscar winners.

Leipzig Zoo Director Joerg Junghold told Germany’s RTL television on Friday that Heidi will be appearing on the ‘‘Jimmy Kimmel Show’’ alongside the Oscars on Feb. 27.

He isn’t revealing much about the show but says: ‘‘quite similar to Paul, it will be about tips.’’ He said Heidi will be filmed in Germany over the next few days for the U.S. show.

Junghold said Heidi’s appearance fee will be donated to an animal protection charity.