He asks CAA to stop negotiating projects as paternity scandal shows no sign of subsiding
(Updated, 5:51 p.m.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger's paternity scandal has claimed his acting career — at least for now.
The former governor has asked his agents at CAA to put all acting projects on hold in order to focus on personal matters. The move comes two and a half days after the scandal erupted with a report in the L.A. Times.
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In a written statement, Schwarzenegger's lawyer, Patrick Knapp, said: "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."
The 63-year-old former govern acknowledged that he fathered a son out of wedlock more than a decade ago when pressed by the L.A. Times, which published the story on its website early Tuesday morning. The boy's mother is Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper.
The revelation broke up his nearly 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver.
Putting acting on hold is a financial hit: Schwarzenegger was to receive $12.5 million plus 25 percent of first-dollar gross for "Cry Macho."
But doing that movie would be especially awkward for Schwarzenegger. It casts him as the father figure to an 11-year-old boy.
The former muscleman had several other projects lined up: He also was to star in Justin Lin's "Terminator 5" and to be the central character in a comic book and animated television series called "The Governator," based on his life.
On Tuesday — before Schwarzenegger halted his movie projects — the producers of the "Governator" series said that the project "is fictional and stands on its merits … The series stands on its own and is going forward as such."
Thursday, that changed. The company issued a statement saying, "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."
Schwarzenegger also was rumored to be looking at a role in "The Last Stand," an action movie in which he'd play the sheriff of a small town on the Mexican border.
The scandal appears to be taking on momentum. On Wednesday night, another woman from Schwarzenegger's past resurfaced with earlier accusations of infidelity.
Former child actress Gigi Jeffers, also known as Gigi Goyette, hired attorney Gloria Allred, presumably to help her tell her story. Rumors are also circulating of another possible love child born to Schwarzenegger during his marriage to Shriver.