Schwarzenegger halts Hollywood return after scandal

2011-05-20 12:53

Los Angeles – Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his Hollywood projects on hold following the scandal over a secret child he fathered 13 years ago with his housekeeper.

The 63-year-old former California governor and Terminator star has told his agents to halt plans to resume his movie career so that he can deal with “personal matters’’.

“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,’’ said his spokesperson.

Schwarzenegger has been scorned and ridiculed since revealing this week that he had a child out of wedlock whom he kept secret from his wife, Maria Shriver, and their four children.

Schwarzenegger, who ended his second term as California governor in January, had been due to star in a proposed new Terminator movie and was to start shooting the drama Cry Macho in late August.

He had also announced plans to voice the central character in an animated TV series called The Governator.

The comic book style series had Schwarzenegger starring as a devoted family man who lives a double life as a superhero and has a lair under his home that not even his wife and children are aware of.

Producers decided late yesterday to stop work on that project.

“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production’’ on The Governator, they said.

The news of Schwarzenegger’s out of wedlock son, now 13, with his family’s housekeeper has seen him dubbed The Sperminator.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political family and a former TV journalist, announced last week that they had separated earlier this year after 25 years of marriage.

Shriver is reported to have hired a high-profile divorce lawyer but has made no official moves to end the union.

Hollywood producers said earlier this week they did not think the scandal would affect Schwarzenegger’s plans to resume his acting career after seven years in politics.

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