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Arnold Schwarzenegger on how he returns as the T-800 in Terminator: Genesis

03.25.2014

Maybe we were all in awe of the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be returning for resequelboot TERMINATOR: GENESIS alongside new stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke to question how the actor would be playing the same character but with 30 years of time in between films. Now, thanks to Arnold himself, we have an answer.

Speaking with MTV, Schwarzenegger revealed some plot details about the fifth TERMINATOR movie and just how it is possible for him to be playing the same robot he did back in 1984.

"The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger continued. "It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."

So, now we know that Terminators get old, just like the rest of us, only with a laser focus killing edge. Schwarzenegger also shed some light on just how he gets brought back into the machinations that set TERMINATOR: GENESIS in motion.

"Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800," Schwarzenegger added, blowing our minds, "and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good."

While I liked RISE OF THE MACHINES and SALVATION, they paled in comparison to the James Cameron-directed entries in the franchise. Something was just lost in those movies, but it sounds like there is a hell of a lot of potential in TERMINATOR: GENESIS to right those wrongs. It will take more than some brief snippets and hints from Arnold to put me at ease, but we are on the right track.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

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2:03AM on 03/27/2014
I always think that there should be a much deeper plot in the Terminator universe than 'Skynet just wants to wipe out humanity for no apparent reason but to move the story along'. Why not make it that what Skynet really want is to replace humanity by evolving into humans, or to be precise better, stronger, faster humans, and the Terminator project was their first step towards that goal. They're copying us not just to kill us, but also to be us in a literal sense.
I mean, the Terminator from
I always think that there should be a much deeper plot in the Terminator universe than 'Skynet just wants to wipe out humanity for no apparent reason but to move the story along'. Why not make it that what Skynet really want is to replace humanity by evolving into humans, or to be precise better, stronger, faster humans, and the Terminator project was their first step towards that goal. They're copying us not just to kill us, but also to be us in a literal sense.
I mean, the Terminator from T2 developed compassion. That can't happen unless the machine was specifically designed to study and emulate human emotion. So perhaps Skynet deliberately let the rebels have its reprogrammed cyborg so that it will learn and send data to the future without it even knowing. Also, what if the chip that got melted with T-1000 actually survived and become the basis for more advanced models where Terminators will be more indistinguishable from humans because it will have genuine emotion?
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2:20PM on 03/26/2014

Also, I REALLY hate Jai Courtney and wish he would retire.

The guy is just a horrible actor, horrible "action" star and is worthless in everything. He is easily the worst thing about this entry so far.
The guy is just a horrible actor, horrible "action" star and is worthless in everything. He is easily the worst thing about this entry so far.
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3:38PM on 03/26/2014
100% agree. I can't stand the guy.
100% agree. I can't stand the guy.
11:16PM on 03/26/2014
Yup. Seems like a nice guy but is void of screen presence.
Yup. Seems like a nice guy but is void of screen presence.
1:49PM on 03/26/2014

That explains a lot now

Have to see at what points do they appear. There are a lot of points to have Judgment Day happen.

The older T800 uploads the Skynet program to another Cyberdyne server.
Have to see at what points do they appear. There are a lot of points to have Judgment Day happen.

The older T800 uploads the Skynet program to another Cyberdyne server.
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9:14AM on 03/26/2014

Screw trying to remake T2 and lets make another T1...

I can't be alone when I say Terminator has worn out its "epic blockbuster" scale and should be pushed back into a smaller film. I want another thriller in vein of the original. Just a cat and mouse game, man vs machine. No big epic horribly CGI'd blockbuster bomb like the last one. It needs to be shorter than 2 hours and never let up on its pacing the entire ride.
I can't be alone when I say Terminator has worn out its "epic blockbuster" scale and should be pushed back into a smaller film. I want another thriller in vein of the original. Just a cat and mouse game, man vs machine. No big epic horribly CGI'd blockbuster bomb like the last one. It needs to be shorter than 2 hours and never let up on its pacing the entire ride.
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8:19AM on 03/26/2014
I wonder if we will get some cool Back to the Future 2 type re-visiting, having characters from the new movie observing scenes from the first movies from across the street, or if they try to be clever and make out that the scenes in the first movies actually featured characters from T5 who stepped in. Like in T2, if they make out the T-800 from T5 actually lent a hand during the Truck chase with the T1000.
I wonder if we will get some cool Back to the Future 2 type re-visiting, having characters from the new movie observing scenes from the first movies from across the street, or if they try to be clever and make out that the scenes in the first movies actually featured characters from T5 who stepped in. Like in T2, if they make out the T-800 from T5 actually lent a hand during the Truck chase with the T1000.
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9:17AM on 03/26/2014
That is what I want to see. It takes place in the 80s, we see a new model sent back in time to "help" the old Arnie succeed since it was the closest they ever came to undoing the birth of John Connor. What if they succeed this time?? Their target could be Kyle Reese this time because they know he is Johns father.
That is what I want to see. It takes place in the 80s, we see a new model sent back in time to "help" the old Arnie succeed since it was the closest they ever came to undoing the birth of John Connor. What if they succeed this time?? Their target could be Kyle Reese this time because they know he is Johns father.
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4:55AM on 03/26/2014

No Cameron = No Guarantee

If the last 2 terminator movies taught us anything, it's that you cannot continue this series without its creator. I smell a disaster
If the last 2 terminator movies taught us anything, it's that you cannot continue this series without its creator. I smell a disaster
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9:06PM on 03/25/2014
Sounds good to me Arnie. I hope this, Arnold coming back in time stop himself pans out. Excited for a new Terminator though.
Sounds good to me Arnie. I hope this, Arnold coming back in time stop himself pans out. Excited for a new Terminator though.
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8:57PM on 03/25/2014
I'm enjoying this fresh take on the franchise thus far. (Which is ironic seeing as they are revisiting the previous films) I am cautious about getting too excited about T5 until we see a trailer though.
I'm enjoying this fresh take on the franchise thus far. (Which is ironic seeing as they are revisiting the previous films) I am cautious about getting too excited about T5 until we see a trailer though.
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8:23PM on 03/25/2014
Excited for this, but I don't understand why they couldn't just make another couple of sequels after Salvation. We had finally gotten to the war only to go back to the beginning.
Excited for this, but I don't understand why they couldn't just make another couple of sequels after Salvation. We had finally gotten to the war only to go back to the beginning.
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8:00PM on 03/25/2014
I don't have a problem with Arnold, just the direction they plan to take the story. It seems like they just want to copy the first 2 terminator movies by going back in time and showing Sarah and Kyle again. Instead, they should be advancing the story to show the future war. It just feels like such a missed opportunity to me (like Salvation was). Also, his second quote seems to hint at the scene in terminator 3 when he explains he killed John Conner and got reprogrammed and sent back in time.
I don't have a problem with Arnold, just the direction they plan to take the story. It seems like they just want to copy the first 2 terminator movies by going back in time and showing Sarah and Kyle again. Instead, they should be advancing the story to show the future war. It just feels like such a missed opportunity to me (like Salvation was). Also, his second quote seems to hint at the scene in terminator 3 when he explains he killed John Conner and got reprogrammed and sent back in time. Interesting.
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7:34PM on 03/25/2014
Younger and older T-800. It'd be great to see young Arnold vs. old Arnold T-800 showdown.
Younger and older T-800. It'd be great to see young Arnold vs. old Arnold T-800 showdown.
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6:57PM on 03/25/2014
Anyone else even slightly unsure about Arnie coming back to this franchise? I mean, everyone's discussing that 'yeah maybe terminators would get old', but is that what anyone really wants from a terminator movie? As much as I love the first two films, the original especially, I'm just not convinced building a story around explaining away a character's aging is the best way to go. Maybe it'll all work out, but if I had to choose between a brilliant plot or an excuse for an older Arnie, I'd
Anyone else even slightly unsure about Arnie coming back to this franchise? I mean, everyone's discussing that 'yeah maybe terminators would get old', but is that what anyone really wants from a terminator movie? As much as I love the first two films, the original especially, I'm just not convinced building a story around explaining away a character's aging is the best way to go. Maybe it'll all work out, but if I had to choose between a brilliant plot or an excuse for an older Arnie, I'd concentrate on making a compelling sci-fi action movie.
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6:23PM on 03/25/2014
Sounds good to me, and that's always how I figured it too. The skin on the outside is living so it makes since that it would age. The only thing I don't understand is how do you explain why it has aged? Is there another timeline where Arnie doesn't die in the second or third movie, so he just hangs out and gets older? Also if he can't actually die of natural causes his skin would eventually look REALLY old. Wouldn't it just rot off his metal frame?
Sounds good to me, and that's always how I figured it too. The skin on the outside is living so it makes since that it would age. The only thing I don't understand is how do you explain why it has aged? Is there another timeline where Arnie doesn't die in the second or third movie, so he just hangs out and gets older? Also if he can't actually die of natural causes his skin would eventually look REALLY old. Wouldn't it just rot off his metal frame?
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5:36PM on 03/25/2014
The aging skin angle works but the director is going to make or break this movie.
The aging skin angle works but the director is going to make or break this movie.
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5:22PM on 03/25/2014
Explain like I'm 5, does Terminator 3 and 4 still happen or is this a direct sequel to Judgement Day?
Explain like I'm 5, does Terminator 3 and 4 still happen or is this a direct sequel to Judgement Day?
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5:09PM on 03/25/2014
young Arnold T-800 vs old Arnold T-800. it's gonna happen
young Arnold T-800 vs old Arnold T-800. it's gonna happen
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4:38PM on 03/25/2014

Arnie vs Arnie

To me, this sounds like there could be a punch up between young terminator arnie and old terminator arnie. The young version could be part cgi like they did in Terminator Salvation.
To me, this sounds like there could be a punch up between young terminator arnie and old terminator arnie. The young version could be part cgi like they did in Terminator Salvation.
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1:26PM on 03/28/2014
Cgi is really the only way to make this work, "Rockem Sockem Robots'!...
Cgi is really the only way to make this work, "Rockem Sockem Robots'!...
4:37PM on 03/25/2014
I'd be genuinely excited about this if they had a better director and charisma free Jai Courtney weren't cast.
I'd be genuinely excited about this if they had a better director and charisma free Jai Courtney weren't cast.
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4:09PM on 03/25/2014
"I'm a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton." Living tissue ages. I'm sold.
"I'm a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton." Living tissue ages. I'm sold.
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