LOS ANGELES -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his acting career on hold while he focuses on his personal life, according to a statement released by his entertainment advisers.
"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," said Patrick Knapp, entertainment counsel to Schwarzenegger. "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."
The statement comes after the Los Angeles Times' reported last week that Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, had separated after 25 years of marriage. The Times reported Tuesday that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of his household staff.
A bidding war took place at Cannes, France, last week to make two more installments of the "Terminator" franchise starring Schwarzenegger. And he signed to star in "Cry Macho," a dramatic turn that marks a departure from his action-hero roles. In the film, Schwarzenegger will play a horse breeder who wins the Kentucky Derby but descends into alcoholism and depression after his family is killed.
The film is being produced by Oscar-winner Albert Ruddy, and Schwarzenegger will earn a reported $12.5 million for the lead role and take home 25 percent of its profits. Just Tuesday, Ruddy told the Times the film is "A-OK" and scheduled to start shooting Aug. 24.
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