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J.K. Simmons says Terminator: Genesis script surprised him

05.21.2014
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When you think of the Amazing Spider-Man flicks, what's the one ingredient that's missing? The element that would take the swinging hipster and slingshot him in the stratosphere of superiority? That's right; J.K. Simmons. Not even the character of J. Jonah Jameson, just J.K. Simmons. I'm pretty sure they could just replace his name and use his likeness for the rest of time, and everyone would be okay with that. While we won't be seeing him around the web-head anytime soon, he will play a part in the upcoming TERMINATOR: GENESIS. The man also dropped some tidbits in regard to the film and his role.

In regards to the story and the script:

I was leery of it when it first came my way, when my agent sent me the idea for it. It's a small part, which they insist gets much bigger in the sequels. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the script itself. This, I think, is a reimagining. They don't want to call it a sequel or a reboot. It's the world that James Cameron created with Arnold. All the leading characters are characters who have existed in that world – the character I play is new to it. The script, I think, is very smart, and it's going to be a wonderful part for Arnold to do. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are already shooting – we did a table read a few weeks ago – and all of them are going to be great.

In regards to working with director Alan Taylor:

Alan Taylor is a wonderful director – I got to work with him on Oz a couple of times – so I'm optimistic that this can be one of those films. Y'know, it's a big action franchise, but it's also going to be a really intelligent, entertaining, enjoyable film.

No one sets out to make a bad film (well, at least before SyFy) but I become a little weary when I hear about studios trying to set up franchises. Obviously a franchise is guaranteed money in the bank, but as previously detailed in expert fashion, the focus on story and characters is (more often than not) lost. I really hope everyone on board here is able to succeed where the previous two Terminator films have failed.

TERMINATOR: GENESIS hopes to terminate poor expectations on July 1, 2015.

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Source: Empire

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3:11PM on 05/21/2014
Good things to hear from a guy that's been in the business for a long time. I don't think until they release a teaser trailer, then will it really boost my hopes for it though. I remember reading a long time ago that Robert Patrick cameo would take place as him being a scientist for Skynet, would be cool to see him in some kind of capacity like that.
Good things to hear from a guy that's been in the business for a long time. I don't think until they release a teaser trailer, then will it really boost my hopes for it though. I remember reading a long time ago that Robert Patrick cameo would take place as him being a scientist for Skynet, would be cool to see him in some kind of capacity like that.
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2:15PM on 05/21/2014
I always think that it's funny that these clips come out of actors talking about how excited they are to make such and such movie. How great everyone is. How great the script is. Of course they are going to say that! They aren't going to come out being like, "Oh man. What a hunk of shit. I wish I could get out of this." They are getting paid, so they make it sound like everything is so wonderful. Then you will see those same actors, years later, talking about how it was such a mistake
I always think that it's funny that these clips come out of actors talking about how excited they are to make such and such movie. How great everyone is. How great the script is. Of course they are going to say that! They aren't going to come out being like, "Oh man. What a hunk of shit. I wish I could get out of this." They are getting paid, so they make it sound like everything is so wonderful. Then you will see those same actors, years later, talking about how it was such a mistake to be in this movie, blah, blah, blah. Not saying this will be a crummy movie. I'm just making a general comment on these interviews.
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12:33PM on 05/21/2014
I wonder if Robert Patrick would have any cameo role in this movie.
I wonder if Robert Patrick would have any cameo role in this movie.
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6:10AM on 05/22/2014
He doesn`t.He was asked on Huffington Post [link]
He doesn`t.He was asked on Huffington Post [link]
12:21PM on 05/21/2014
It definitely has the potential to be a good, solid film. I just hope the talent involved delivers on all cylinders.
It definitely has the potential to be a good, solid film. I just hope the talent involved delivers on all cylinders.
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12:06PM on 05/21/2014
We're still going to need convincing and it's not like he was going to say anything to the contrary before they've even started shooting, but he is a good actor and I could see him in a Dr. Silberman-like role.
We're still going to need convincing and it's not like he was going to say anything to the contrary before they've even started shooting, but he is a good actor and I could see him in a Dr. Silberman-like role.
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