Arnold Schwarzenegger Puts Acting Career on Hold
Posted 05.20.11 by Ryan
After finishing his final term as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to return to acting in January, slowly gathering projects like a cartoon TV show called The Governator, a return to the Terminator franchise with Fast Five director Justin Lin at the helm, and a drama entitled Cry Macho with director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer).
Then, earlier this month, Schwarzenegger separated from his wife Maria Shriver after revealing that he secretly fathered a love child ten years ago. The incident has put Schwarzenegger's comeback on hold, as his lawyer Patrick Knapp related in a 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. Gov. 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 Gov. Schwarzenegger decides.
Cry Macho will be the most affected project, as it is already in pre-production, though earlier in the week, Cry Macho producer Albert Ruddy told THR that the movie will be unaffected by the scandal.
This is just another one of those things no one will remember. Bill Clinton went through horrendous things, and now he’s regarded as one of the most popular presidents. Let he who is free of sin [cast the first stone], right? The only thing that matters is how good the film is. If it fails, they’ll say it’s because of the scandal. If it succeeds, they’ll say in spite of it. It doesn’t matter. The film talks for itself.
"It doesn’t affect this movie," Ruddy added, though he may want to revise that statement at this point. Cry Macho was to start production on Aug. 24, though whether that date will be met remains to be seen.
But it looks like Arnold's Governator TV series is dead. At least for the moment. A rep for the show told TMZ that "in light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have chosen to not go forward with the Governator project." The show was supposed to follow an animated Arnie as he fights crime alongside his wife and four kids.