INT: Arnold Schwarzenegger
|Interview 1:||Kristanna Loken|
|Interview 2:||Stan Winston|
|Interview 3:||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Interview 4:||Nick Stahl/Claire Danes|
|Interview 5:||Jonathan Mostow|
TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES marks Arnold
Schwarzeneggerís return to the movie franchise that first made
him a star almost two decades ago.
The long-awaited film, featuring Arnold reprising the
iconic role of the T-800 Terminator, arrives amid much talk of his
likely bid to replace Gray Davis as California Governor.
Before he gets a chance to win over California voters,
however, he first must win over moviegoers, many of whom are
skeptical about a Terminator sequel that involves few of the
original players from the first two films.
Will audiences accept a Terminator film made without the
talents of Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and, most importantly,
James Cameron? The answer
to that question could very well determine the future of
California electoral politics.
Despite the missing faces, T3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES still
feels familiar, mostly because itís packed with all of the
elements of a classic Schwarzenegger film: explosions, one-liners
and cutting-edge special effects. Even more impressive than the
filmís special effects, however, is the fact that, at 56 years
of age, Arnold is still able to realistically portray the
Terminator character. Simply put, the guy looks great.†
Hereís what he had to say about the trials and tribulations of playing a super-human killing machine.
did it feel to put back on the jacket and shades?
It felt great. Because
when you slip into the jacket and put on the sunglasses and you
get on top of the motorcycle, you feel like, ďOk, Iím back.Ē
You really feel like you can slip into the character.
It was very easy, as if the last one was done maybe half a
year ago. The challenging
thing was getting the body back in shape, especially after the
injuries and the motorcycle accident. To make it believable, that
itís the same Terminator from Terminator 1 and 2, it took a lot
of training, a lot of hours of lifting heavy weights again.†
told you hurt your shoulder during the shooting of the film.
How is it now?
Good. I can lift it
again. Itís not perfect
yet, but almost perfect.
did you injure it during the filming?
Itís one of those injuries where you donít injure it in one day. Itís wear and tear over a period of time. It started with reloading the shotgun. It weighs 4.5 lbs. and we did it all night. I really felt it the next day, that there was a little injury there. But because you just continue on, when we did those scenes and then other scenes, it just kept tearing more and more. Then I started getting cortisone shots, and thatís the worst, because you feel like you donít have an injury, but you continue to tear it because you go all out.
you still in rehab?
Yeah, because rotator cuff injuries take a long time to heal.†
Itís a very complicated joint.†
My tendon was totally torn off the bone, so they had to
staple it back to the bone.
at the Collateral Damage junket, you said you were looking forward
to making this movie in Vancouver, and that never happened.
Why is that?
It was too complicated to shoot half the movie here and half
in Vancouver. We felt like
the look of the movie would be different, because we are not
allowed to take all the people with
us. The heads of crews could go, but not the crew.
So everyone was concerned about that.
And there were so many people working on the movie,
hundreds of people with families and all. I myself wanted to stay here. So
we budgeted it out and determined the difference in cost.
Then, basically, everyone chipped in, and every department
tried to figure out ways to cut the pork out.
I chipped in also.†
it fun making a movie in Los Angeles?
I think that itís fun here and itís fun in Vancouver.
The work is the same, but it made everyone happy to be able
to stay home. I think a lot
of people working on the movie had just come back from working out
of town. Iíd just
finished COLLATERAL DAMAGE, half of which was shot in Mexico.
motivated you to put yourself through all of this again, because
you knew about all the working out and getting in shape, etc.?
I wanted to do another Terminator because the fans really wanted to see another one. Itís a really interesting character to play, especially if you change it a little bit, change the circumstances. In the first movie he was the villain, the Goliath, and in the next movie, heís kind of the savior, and in this movie he becomes David. You sympathize with him, ďOh my God, I hope she (the T-X) doesnít destroy him,Ē and all that.† So it was interesting to make those kind of changes, but for me it was never a question of ďshould I or should I not.Ē It was: Iím going to play Terminator.
really do play three different characters.
How challenging was it to ďforgetĒ everything you know
about the previous character?
Well, you donít really forget, you try to add on to it.
You create circumstances around him that make him into a
vulnerable character.† You
bring in a female Terminator that has greater abilities and is
more threatening. And you
try to build sympathy for my character.†
you remember how you felt before you made the first Terminator
film, how excited you were?
It always appeared to me like a unique project.
In the beginning, I wanted to play Reese.
I wanted to play the hero, not the machine.†
Then, when I had lunch with Jim Cameron, I was so obsessed
with talking about the Terminator character that he said, ďWhy
donít you play the Terminator?Ē I said, ďYou donít understand, I came here to talk about
Reese,Ē and he said, ďNo. You
have it absolutely down pat about this character.
You were meant to play this character, because you know
exactly about his movements, how heís supposed to train, etc.Ē† And I think Jim also liked the way I talked, because it was
like a machine. (laughs)
played a hero in all of the films before that.
Yes. But James said, ďWell, think about it.Ē And I thought about it that night, and I felt that it could be a great career move, to branch out and to play a villain. †And this was a character that is so unique, really unlike any other villain.
role in your career do you think that part played?
It was huge for me. The first Terminator made me into a movie star.† Up to that point, it was like, ďOk, he did the Conan movie and all that, relying on his body and his muscles, but can he cross over, and can we put clothes on him?Ē That was the big question. Terminator was perfect, because it was successful and got a lot of great press attention. Then my career took off in a totally different direction, with COMMANDO and PREDATOR and all that. I also got a chance to branch out into comedy.
hesitation about going forward on this project without James
Yes, of course. I was
disappointed when he said no. But,
he wanted to move on. Iíd
always said that I didnít want to do another Terminator without
him, so of course I went to him first.
He felt that he didnít want to be a part of it because of
the time constraints. He likes to do things his own way, at his own speed.
Of course, he has the right to make his decisions about the
movies he wants to make. I
understand that heís not my exclusive director, even though I
wanted him. But we found a
even after he said no, you never considered not doing it?
Yes, I wondered whether we should move on with the project. But I decided that we should move on because it isnít about me or Jim Cameron, itís about the fans who want another Terminator. We were very happy that we ended up with Jonathan Mostow.
you mistrust technology as much as these movies seem to?
I would say that I mistrust much more the potential that it
has, of machines becoming self-aware and communicating with each
other and all that stuff. Itís
not that I donít trust technology Ė I think technology is
great. Itís made a huge
contribution to the world. We just have to make sure that itís not misused.
But thatís the case with everything, no matter what
profession youíre in. You
can be a great lawyer, but you can misuse that and go in the wrong
direction. You can be a
great politician and go in the wrong direction.
you be a good politician?
Iíll be able to figure that out after my movie career.