Arnold Schwarzenegger puts his acting career on hold
Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone from "Cry Macho" to crying uncle, putting his acting future on hold while he deals with, ahem, issues in his personal life -- this according to a statement out Thursday from the office of the Terminator.
"Gov. Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time lines," his office said. "This includes 'Cry Macho,' the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration."
And when will Arnold be back? He has called off his Creative Artists Agency reps until future notice, saying they "will resume discussions when Gov. Schwarzenegger decides." So much for the Shwarzenegger love-child scandal not affecting production.
Recent news that the actor and his wife, Maria Shriver, had separated was followed of course by the revelation Monday that Arnold had fathered a child with a household employee more than 10 years ago, during the course of his 25-year marriage. He said he told Shriver only in January about the situation, which involves a 20-year member of their staff who stopped working for the family that month.
Shriver has retained the services of a prominent divorce attorney, sources told People, though according to one person she "hasn't decided yet if she wants to end her marriage."
Schwarzenegger, 63, had planned to hit the post-political big screen with "Cry Macho," a drama about an aging horse trainer who, in a fit of desperation, is hired to kidnap the 9-year-old son of his former boss.
"Arnold always plays these big muscular guys, but there's a sweetness to Arnold in real life, and we want to bring that sweetness to the screen," producer Al Ruddy told Hollywood Reporter in early May. "Now that [director Brad Furman has] met with Arnold, he's convinced there's an accessibility and vulnerability there that he wants to bring out."
Just gonna let that hang there for a bit.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger accepts an award during the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on May 10. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images