Did McG Just Confirm That We'll See Arnold in Terminator Salvation?
by Alex Billington
February 9, 2009
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.