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Did McG Just Confirm That We'll See Arnold in Terminator Salvation?

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February 9, 2009

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While at the New York Comic Con over the weekend, I caught a presentation for Terminator Salvation moderated by director McG. He showed us an extended six-minute trailer that really gave us a better look at the story more than just the action and I've got to say it's looking awesome. Afterward, McG answered questions from the audience and obviously was asked about an appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. We've heard this question numerous times before, so I was expecting the same "you'll just have to see" kind of answer, but McG changed it up. Maybe I didn't catch it at first, but he might've just confirmed it!

Thanks to both MTV and The Playlist, we've now got a second look at the transcript of exactly what McG said. He steps around the answer at first: "The T-800s as we know them look like Arnold. The T-800 plays a big role in this movie. I can't quite tell you how we express that…" But then he goes on to say, "Let me just hint at this: I don't want today's Arnold Schwarzenegger." If we read into that answer correctly, that means McG wants the Arnold from 1984, when the first Terminator hit, because the storyline in Terminator Salvation actually takes place before Arnold's T-800 model even exists, well, up until the end.

Earlier in the presentation, McG explained (and the footage hinted that) the story is about how Skynet is developing more advanced robots. In essence, it's about how Skynet got from their original models to the T-800 model that looks like Arnold, of which involves capturing and experimenting on humans. So McG doesn't say their won't be an Arnold model T-800 in Terminator Salvation, but he clearly hints that it's likely ILM is working on digitizing him to look like the 1984 Schwarzenegger we all know. Sound about right to you? Other than that, we won't want to spoiler his appearance, so we'll just wait until May 22nd.

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  • J.White
    Cant wait.
  • J.White
    Now I look crazy case you guys took it down. Sorry
  • J.White
    Alex, you get any video?
  • dom
    ahh man can't wait to see the sequence where the robots develop an endoskeleton layered in skin 😛
  • Patrick Bateman
    Hi, this is Paul Allen. I'm being called away to the year 2018 for a few days. Meredith, I'll call you when I get back. Hasta la vista, baby.
  • fck remember the T2 teaser which showed arnie made moulded from the endoskeleton ? that was and is still fcking awesome then and now!
  • Shige
    Sounds to me like they are making a CGI Arnold. Judging by the quality of the CGI from the trailers its not going to look that good.
  • Fisherr
    CGI Arnold? Hmmm....better wait and see.
  • Adam
    umm...why do they keep saying "Arnold's T-800".... i thought he was cyberdyne systems model 101
  • avi
    I think it's logical. Nowadays we can produce a living jesus from a harddrive so why not arnold. I think T4 will outperform the new transformers(childmovie).
  • Farris
    Didn't they cast an Arnold look-a-like to play his part in this movie? I thought I read that they would just superimpose Arnold's face on his body or something. Here is the guy - Roland Kickinger: http://www.latinoreview.com/images/user/kickinger2.jpg
  • Adam #9 - Refer to the character nomenclature section Wikipedia. If McG is calling him a T-800, and he's the one directing the entire movie, I'm going to trust him. :)
  • Ryderup
    The CG Ahnuld in T3 looked like shit, hopefully it will look better now.
  • Bryanmakeup
    ILM is doing all the digital stuff, they also did all the work on Benjamin Button. Which means they have pretty much perfected the process. The first 45 minutes of Benjamin is all cgi head replacement. Go back and check it out. I'm sure with the added year of work at ILM it will be bad ass!
  • Matt Suhu
    this is really exciting news. i'm liking the direction and plot that this film is working towards.
  • Jimbo Slims
    It's Kickinger. Just look at the TSalivation poster to realize that they're not dealing w/ the kind of budget that could warrant superimposing a standing governors face on a younger body, Benj. Button style. Arnold didn't have any lines in the first film. Neither will Kickinger. (If you've ever seen "Son of the Beach", you'll get an inkling why!)
  • Tim
    The guy they cast was the one who played Arnold Schwarzenegger in that movie Run Arnold Run maybe thats what they mean like a guy who looks just like him
  • Tim
    sorry didnt see number 11 comment
  • Emma Watson is so f***able
    Yeah Alex, if McG says it must be so. Sorry, like most things from the past that are left alone comics, books, and other influences took over the storyline and like the idiots they are, George Lucas the most obvious, they ignore everything else and make their own history. T-800 should be the model we see in the movie all through cause how is that big fucking transformer thing a precursor to the T-800? Maybe the T-1000000. lol. That thing was actually quite awesome. I guess we'll just have to see but I won't cry if I miss this movie. It's definitely not in the top 5 this year if top 10.
  • So wait... If there already introducing the T-800 in this movie. How will it play out in the next two. They just going to digitally place Arnold's face on that Roland guy? Oh and who ever said that this movie is going to out perform the Transformers sequel is sadley mistaken. Especially if this gets an R rating. To me, this is pretty much a 90's franchise that should of ended with T2.
  • Don't be surprised if the scene we see the T-800 is at the very end of the film, leading in to the next one. I could see that s the big "surprise" closing would be the T-800's being made. That's how I see it.
  • Conrad
    Andy I was actually just thinking the same thing and was just about to write about that. I agree. I think at the very end of the Terminator Salvation movie, were going to see the "new" terminator come out and they're going to look like Arnold 1984. Might be an all right idea, but overall, I'm still not jazzed about McG helming this Terminator 4 flick.
  • jono
    cant wait this will be AWESOME
  • jono
    alex will this be a r rated film please say yes
  • jono
    fuck this film rocks please mcg give us a r rated film
  • Shawn Keim
    I thought they got some other Big Ass guy to play the role and put ArSw face on him via computer. Did Anyone else hear that?
  • REAL6
    Well i really hope they show Arnold in any way shape or form. What we do know is the Model 101 comes from the Human: Dieter von Rossbach - An Austrian ex-counterterrorism operative, and the eventual model for the appearance of the T-800 Model 101 series of Terminators, who joins the Connors on their quest to destroy Skynet once and for all (It is established during the novel that he was confirmed to be in two specific locations during the events of the first two movies, hence explaining why he was never called in for questioning regarding the T-800's actions as his superiors always knew that he wasn't where the T-800 was). He is also Sarah Connor's eventual love interest. T2 (novel series)

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