Arnold Puts Acting Comeback on Hold to Focus on Personal Matters

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?


  • Buttonman88

    “We’ll be back!” – Ah-Nuld’s chickens, 10 years ago.

  • If Arnold wants to take time off for personal reasons, that’s fine. If this affair is alleged to hurt his career, that’s ridiculous. He’s not running for office. He’s an actor. Actors do all sorts of outlandish things. People still go see Woody Allen movies … why not something new from Arnold?

  • I don’t understand this at all. The news of the love child and affair came from Arnold himself. This news didn’t leak. So if you’re going to announce something like this, aren’t you aware of the backlash that might happen? Arnold spends the last couple of months setting up new projects and then himself breaks the news about the affair, only to have the work he’s been scheduling put on hold. It doesn’t make sense.

  • Greegor

    I’m not sure if it will hurt his career at all. Think about it… if you’ve seen the pictures of the love child’s mother, she’s hardly a super model. Arnold’s over 60 years old and the message to one potential audience (older women) is, “Jeez, I might have a chance with that guy” (not literally, but in the way that a ad man might pitch it). Though I doubt it was all a publicity stunt… well, it won’t hurt things. This is a guy who dominated a sport, entertainment and politics: dumb he is not, shrewd he is.

    As an aside, I think the real intersting story is what will become of his illegitimate son. Here’s a story that is the stuff of family epics… the well-fed and fortunate legitimate kids latch onto the old man’s name while the bastard (in the nicest sense of the word) tries hard to prove himself worthy of his heritage.

    Can you imagine being Arnold’s child? This guy is the Self Made Man writ large across the sky… few can claim such an exalted career(s) from such a humble background. I see pictures of his chubby younger son (well, “youngest” is correct technically) and I have to wonder what he’ll think when he looks in the mirror in ten years. Will it be “I can be like Dad and it’s time to hit the iron” or “Screw it… life is GOOD”?

    Forgive me for saying this, but I think this is the start of a fascinating chapter in the life of the Austrain Oak. I don’t condone his cheating, but what the guy has achieved in his life is remarkable and I expect the pendulum to swing as far in the opposite direction and provide the masses with a bit of scandal.

  • projectgenesis

    Who is your Daddy and what does he do?

  • Napalm

    Arnold dun goofed.