Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the midst of making a big-screen comeback and was set to reprise some of his most famous action hero roles. But now that he's split from his wife, Maria Shriver, and admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock who he kept secret for more than a decade, he's putting that comeback on hold.
Just last month, Schwarzenegger was in Cannes promoting his new animated TV show: "The Governator." Schwarzenegger was also set to star in three big-budget films, including two new "Terminator" installments.
But now, CBS News National Correspondent Ben Tracy reports, that's all on hold.
In a statement Thursday, Schwarzenegger's entertainment lawyer, Patrick Knapp said, "Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides."
On "The Early Show" Friday, Tracy noted those personal matters are now very public. This week, Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child 13 years ago with his long-time housekeeper and keeping it secret. Shriver, his wife of 25 years, left him and hired a high-powered divorce lawyer.
Mike Fleeman, West Coast editor of People magazine, told CBS News, "A week ago, I would have said it was a near certainty that he was going to be 'The Terminator' again. But now, his action hero career is in serious jeopardy."
Yet others say Schwarzenegger, whose movies have grossed $1.6 billion in the U.S. alone, is too big a draw to stay away for long.
Ted Johnson, deputy editor of Variety magazine, said, "I don't doubt that Schwarzenegger will try a comeback. This is a very determined figure."