Roland Kickinger Filling in for Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation
by Kevin Powers
July 17, 2008
The first teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation just hit yesterday afternoon and today we gain even more insight into the highly anticipated (at least to me!) project slated for release in May of 2009. Ever since the film's announcement, a pressing question has been whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would reprise his role in some capacity (even as a cameo). Given the former Terminator's political standing, I've constantly brushed off the possibility. It seems I can continue to do so, since the Clinton News-Record out of Ontario (thanks AICN!) brings us word that Schwarzenegger-inspired bodybuilder Roland Kickinger (seen above) will assume the role that the "Governator" would have otherwise filled.
Kickinger seems a smart choice considering the man's background. Similar to Schwarzenegger, Kickinger is from Austria, a career bodybuilder who recently turned to motion pictures. Of the original cyborg assassin, Kickinger says, "He was a great mentor. I had several mentors, but Arnold... he's definitely an amazing inspiration." The two actually trained together at one point, and Kickinger even played Arnold in a A&E biopic. If McG can't have the real thing, he's definitely come as close as possible.
Of Kickinger's role in Terminator Salvation, you can head over to the original article since it's somewhat spoiler-ish. But without actually reading the small bit of info, I bet folks can envision Kickinger's role in the overall film. You know he has some part as a hulky T-800, but he's not the key antagonist considering the guy's minimal experience. Not to be down on him, but he's mostly a prop that connects the new trilogy to the original series. But as with other casting (e.g. Helena Bonham Carter, Common), McG is keeping up the tempo. I think it's another solid choice adding more to the production. What about you?