Josh Brolin is the New Terminator?
by Alex Billington
February 6, 2008
This rumor was almost too good to be true, and almost too unconfirmed to post, but alas, everyone is jumping on it like a treasure map in an Indiana Jones movie, so why not? In an interview at The Two-One-Three, director McG talked quite at length about his upcoming film Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. If you remember back in October last year, McG was first rumored and later confirmed as the director on the new Terminator film, something which I wasn't too happy about. Now McG drops a hint at who might be playing the Terminator this time around - Josh Brolin.
First things first, McG clears up the rumor about Christian Bale playing John Connor, which had been said to be a smaller role in the film. Not true, as McG confirms. "John Connor's a major player in it - Christian Bale's playing that part."
Then as a final kicker, he's asked about who his "dream Terminator" would be, since an actual actor hasn't signed on the dotted line and they're still "in the process of casting." But here's where a subtle hint could go a long ways. "And there's guys out there like Russell Crowe and Eric Bana, bring a good physicality, they do what they do, but I don't know if they're exactly right at the end of the day. (Smiles) Josh Brolin is a very exciting actor - we'll see."
If we're to take that "wink" correctly, it could be Josh Brolin who is taking on the job as the new Terminator. Or at least, that's maybe who McG really wants and is really pushing for. Don't take this as solid evidence and don't take it as anything real until it's officially confirmed, which might not be for a while. However, this is a big point of discussion. Is Josh Brolin a good choice? Before you go on any further comparing the rather wimpy Brolin to Arnold Schwarzenegger, let's see what McG has to say about the difference in the plot and setting of this Terminator from the last three.
McG was questioned where this fits in, and described it's exact placement in the franchise. "This is the space between; this is post Judgment day. So there really is no continuation, you know what I mean? Its sort of a different animal, whereas the first two pictures on this thing are Terminators from the future, this picture takes place in 2019."
Josh Brolin is the 39-year-old actor who first made it big playing Brand Walsh in The Goonies. Last year, 2007, was his triumphant return to the big screen with unforgettable performances in Grindhouse as Doc Block, In the Valley of Elah, American Gangster as Detective Trupo, and No Country for Old Men as Llewelyn Moss. If you've seen any of those four, you'll know that this guy is pretty awesome. I'd even rank him up there with the likes of Casey Affleck, another actor that blew me away in 2007. Brolin is probably one of the best new actors last year, and it would certainly be a pleasure having him take on the role of the Terminator.
In considering whether Brolin is perfect for the role, we have to look at exactly who or what the Terminator is this time around. Is it a direct replacement of Arnold's character, or is it some new and different character? Either way, that question isn't answered yet and won't be for quite some time. Until then, and until Brolin is even confirmed, we can at least throw around the idea and see what everyone else thinks of it, too.