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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Is his career going, going, gone?

Arnold_schwarzenner Before the news broke that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had secretly fathered a child out of wedlock more than 10 years ago with a member of his household staff--here's the original story--it looked like the aging action hero was going back to his old career. His handlers were so upbeat about his comeback that CAA's Bryan Lourd confidently told the New York Times: "Never count Arnold out. Once a movie star, always a movie star."

But now Schwarzenegger has bowed to the inevitable fallout from his paternity scandal, with news surfacing Thursday that he has pulled out all of his film projects. But is this a temporary crisis management ploy, with the hope that the scandal will quickly blow over? Or is it a tacit admission that the media will be on red alert for years to come, looking for more garish skeletons in the Schwarzenegger closet?

I suspect that the initial reason for backing off from any career moves is based on crisis management, since for now, it would be impossible for Schwarzenegger to do any kind of career promotion without being forced to answer all sorts of uncomfortable questions about his personal life. But as time goes on, you have to wonder if there's any kind of career niche for Schwarzenegger to occupy.

It was already pretty obvious that the Gubernator was too old and out of fashion to play a serious action hero, especially since the one action genre he could plausibly occupy--the leader of an over-the-hill gang--had already been thoroughly mined by Sly Stallone in "The Expendables." But having Schwarzenegger playing a washed-up horse trainer with a complicated relationship with an 11-year-old boy who suddenly turns up in his life--which is the story of "Cry Macho," the film he'd been attached to star in--now seems way too close for comfort as well.

The more you study Schwarzenegger's options, the more it looks like he should find himself a new, less visible line of work until the media can work through the cycle that begins with real reporting and outrage and often ends in tawdry fascination, cynical wisecracking and jaded boredom. But as for that CAA-inspired "once a movie star, always a movie star" business, I can only say: Mel Gibson? Nicolas Cage? Russell Crowe? I  know Yogi Berra said it ain't over till it's over, but in showbiz, when it's over, its over for good.

--Patrick Goldstein

Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger with Maria Shriver at the Governor's Inaugural Ball in 2007 in Sacramento. Credit: Brian Baer / Sacramento Bee


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Ah heck Patrick, this is all just part of Ahh-nold's "marketing plan". He's even "milking" the publicity by pulling out of all his film projects temporarily. See, in show business, there's a market for anything -- even an aging action hero -- and controversy just makes people more curious. I'm betting that Maria (and maybe even one or more of his kids) is in on this. These two should get an oscar for their performances. Matter of fact, this may the best acting performance of Arnold's career.

The only place in show biz for this lowlife is the Maury show with his equally lowlife, scummy baby mama...yuck! To perpetrate this lie and let it proliferate for over 15 years in the face of Maria is disgusting.

God...thank god he finally got busted. Feel so sorry for Maria and the Kids, but this moron who wasted the taxpayers' monies and lives as not going to be missed by anyone at all. At the movies or in society.

Just another example of arrogance, greed and power corrupting absolutely.
Oh, by the way...bring up his box office successes? Without the right script and director? Arnie's worthesss in front of the camera. Thank God I didn't vote for him. How to staunch conservative republicans who wrap themselves in God and the American Flag explain Arnie????? So much for family values, huh?

Arnie, they're layin' for ya. I might want to get out of Dodge, if I were you. But then on second thought, to heck with them. Tell them, yeah you did it and if they don't like it, they can meet you in Leimert Park. Or wherever they wanta meet cha. Let 'em know you will not be punked-out. Prove you are a "manly-man". Don't let them run your life. Show them they better watchit or you'll "be bock".

A baby out of wedlock by a cheating that has never happened before...

Wierdersen Arnold. Du bist fertig. That's a left over sentence from my high school German . It says Good Bye are done.


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