Not long after news broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a former member of his household staff, the speculating began about what impact the scandal would have on the former governor's acting career, especially given that Schwarzenegger had recently signed on to star in "Cry Macho," in a deal that would give him a $10 million advance and a portion of the film's profits.
Unsurprisingly, Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen has officially been put on hold. According to The Associated Press, Schwarzenegger's reps released a statement on Thursday (May 19) announcing the decision.
"Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines," the statement reads. "This includes 'Cry Macho,' 'The Terminator' franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides."
Despite the shock and awe surrounding Schwarzenegger's admission of a love child, combined with the recent news that he and Maria Shriver are separating, Hollywood insiders still think he'll be back (pun intended).
"This will, essentially, go away," David Poland of Movie City News told MTV News this week. "He'll be on 'Leno' next week to put this all behind him. Maybe two weeks — depends on how much the kid looks like him and how many weeks the tabloids run the photo on the front page. But eating this privately is not his way."
"Philandering has rarely, if ever, hurt anyone's career in Hollywood," added Jeff Bock, box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "He has already taken the proper steps by admitting his transgressions and facing the press directly. And on his career side, his role as the Governator only stoked his box-office cred, as he is hotter than ever, moving forward with several high-profile film projects. I don't think this comes as a shock to anyone, as people have known for quite some time that Schwarzenegger is something of a lady's man."