Just before Lars von Trier put his foot in his mouth at Cannes a couple of days ago, there was another big scandal developing over in Hollywood as Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed the real reason why he and Maria Shriver had decided to separate. The L.A. Times broke the news earlier this week that Arnold had fathered a child with a former family staff member over a decade ago. Now Schwarzenegger has decided to take some time to focus on his personal life, and has put his acting career on hold once again. His lawyer, Patrick Knapp, issued the following statement:
“At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger, we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice. Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines. This includes Cry Macho, the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides.”
I guess his triumphant return to the big screen will have to wait just a little bit longer. Although Schwarzenegger made it sound as though he and his wife were still attempting to work through their marital problems, it now appears that this may not be the case. Shriver claims to have been unhappy for years, but waited until after he was out of office to make her move. In a way, it’s pretty amazing that they managed to keep all of this under wraps for so long.
The big question here is whether or not the scandal will hurt Arnold’s image or his career, but somehow I doubt it. If someone like Mel Gibson can still maintain public favour after all of his mistakes, it seems like this will be nothing more than a small speed bump for him. If anything, it might just make him appear “cooler” to his predominantly male audience. On the other hand, The Governator comic book and animated series may have a harder time presenting him as squeaky clean superhero. What do you think, could this derail Arnold’s comeback and does it make you any less interested in seeing him back on screen again?