May 19th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

Arnold Schwarzenegger puts movie comeback on hold

Los Angeles (CNN) - Arnold Schwarzenegger has placed his movie comeback on hold "until further notice" while the former California governor focuses "on personal matters," his lawyer said Thursday.

The announcement comes two days after the revelation that Schwarzenegger fathered a child with his former housekeeper.

"At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently under way or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice," entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp said in a written statement.

Schwarzenegger had been scheduled to start production in August on his first movie since leaving the governor's office in January.

"Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines," Knapp said. "This includes Cry Macho, the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration."

Schwarzenegger, who was once one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, appeared on his way to renewing a film career that was interrupted by his political career. The comeback plans will resume "when Governor Schwarzenegger decides," Knapp said.

His son by his former housekeeper is "a wonderful, very respectful, very intelligent young man," according to a neighbor who said she often spoke to him.

"He's very well centered and he's just not your everyday kid," said Marty Steelman, who lives next door to the Bakersfield, California, home that the boy and his mother moved into last summer.

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  1. Lori

    It's a little to late for Arnold to be putting his family first now. If he loved his family so much then why was he sleeping with the maid in the bed he shared with his wife having unprotected sex?? I feel really sad thinking about his children trying to cope with all of this. I feel sad for the half-brother that the world just found out about, none of this is his fault yet his life is changed forever.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:16 am |