His name is "Joseph McGinty". And he doesn't want you to forget that. McG has a reputation as North American Uwe Boll. In other words, a hack. Talking with McG on set, it was almost hard to keep up. The man is running back and forth, making sure all his ducks are in a row. The man is also incredibly gracious, and made sure that all the journos had a good view of the monitors when filming a scene. Unfortunately, due to his hectic schedule, we didn't get a solid amount of time with him. What follows are some of his thoughts we managed to capture throughout the day when he had a break in filming.
On Terminator Salvation
McG: I take it very seriously the responsibility of getting Terminator right. Honoring the mythology but making it new so it doesnt just feel like a rehash, drek piece. If anybody ever wonders, why in the f*ck would Christian Bale sign up for a movie that this clown McGs doing? Because I talked to him the way Im talking to you right now. I only got one speed and this is what it is.
Since we cant see it from here, is the scar on his face now or how does it work with makeup?
McG: We actually do two passes. Then Charlie creates the fusion together so you see it coming in. Not to mention the hand that came from Winston Studios also has to be covered with the molten steel material. Its that whole theory of I do as much practically as possible. We couldve just said get in there and throw it on the green screen and itll all look great, trust the tennis ball and the c stand. I just dont like that. So I wanted the proper T800 hand scratching it down, giving us that place to emote from.
Was this a sequence that you wanted to do a long time ago? Where you want to know how he got the scar?
McG: Yeah, I wanted to see how Kyle Reese became to be such a proficient fighter and where his loyalty to Connor came from. I wanted to see where Connor got that scar. I wanted to see why Connor indeed became the leader. Imagine you and I jumped out and said Were here! Were ready to lead Theyd go, get in line. Were not ready to follow you guys because you say so. And that wouldve been the Connor track. I mean Im sure theres somebody up there in Northern New Mexico saying I am the second coming. Get with it. And whore we to say, no youre not. For all we know, he may be proven right tomorrow. (pause) She.
Talking about the scar on John Connors cheek
McG: The mythology of the scardo you know the famous John Connor scar? It comes down his left cheek and where did it come from? Were about to find out. Its from a T800 that had been after him and is now starting to freeze up after it had been heated up tremendously. [points to monitors] Youll see it come in and scratch right down the left side of his face. And thats the nature of the mark.
Talking about Serena
She is the connection to Dyson in T2.
McG: Thats my understanding. When Dyson and his employees talk about it, she showed up to work on Monday. What would you do? If we all went to MIT, worked really hard and studied robotics, artificial intelligence, molecular science, this, that and the other, and you walked to work on Monday and you go wow, it blew up. Would you say Im going back to the flower shop.? Or would you see, wait a minute, we were really close on this Manhattan project and Im going to see it through.? And thats effectively what Serena did since that time. And there may even be a line in the movie where she refers to after Miles Dyson went insane we decided to where we all go what? Hes great.
On his nickname and the internet
McG: I understand how obnoxious it is and people think its some Hollywood, hip hop bullshit, I really do get that. But its been my name since Kalamazoo, Michigan. My names Joseph McGinty Nichol, you know all this shit. And Ive been called McG since the day I was born, there were three Joes in my house. We were poor, we didnt have any money, my uncle Joe, my mothers brother, and my grandfather Joe so they called me McG, short for McGinty, my mothers middle name. And I go on all your guys sites and everyone is like f*ck this guy. Who calls themselves McG? And its so annoying because thats my name. Thats my name in first grade.
Fanboys, they get crazy about the weirdest things.
Im a fanboy though! So f*ck that, why are they eating their own? The only thing thats frustrating is stop worshipping the past, man. Its like, people do whats right on a movie to movie basis. Maybe you gotta be Richie Cunningham before you can be Ron Howard. Maybe you gotta be Spicoli before you can be Sean Penn. And pay your dues. And its the privilege to the audience to put people in a box and say I f*cking hate that guy. I do it too! And Im not apologizing. Im the one standing here saying I wont operate from a place of fear, f*ck that. I believe in the movie were making, people will talk shit, they wont talk shit.
Imagine the shit Nolan took when he said lets go make Batman again, hard nipples, codpieces, Starlight Express. He said, I got it, were gonna go out there and get it done. And again, its not about this--Im so sick of my own bullshit, Ive had it. Thats why I show you the stuff because Ill stand by the stuff and say thats my idea of a kickass Terminator. I am you! I am the one who wants to see it go on and not raped in some, you know, flog that dead horse and scrape a few more bucks. You know what I mean?
I dont care about dough. I made the dough from The O.C. getting into syndication or Supernatural going into syndication, I dont care. My life is lived in a paper cup in the f*cking dirt in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I do it because I love it and Im a movie fan like all of us, thats it. It ends there.
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