Schwarzenegger Talks Some 'Terminator: Genesis' Time Travel Tidbits
Production on the franchise reboot Terminator: Genesis begins next month, and while the lead cast is set with Jason Clarke as John Connor, Emilia Clarke as mother Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, we still don't have much in the vein of plot. The recent casting of J.K. Simmons in the role of a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades since the story emerged in 1984. Now the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has revealed some tidbits about the plot, mainly his cyborg character and the confirmation of more time travel.
Speaking with MTV, Schwarzenegger talked about his T-800 model Terminator's involvement and more:
"'Terminator' deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then [there is] what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie."
Wait, a younger T-800? But it's a robot. These cyborgs age? The actor explains:
"The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath. It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."
Well, that's an interesting way to explain Schwarzenegger's human aging and why they're still bringing him back as the Terminator. Obviously, as evidenced by Tron Legacy, if visual effects artists can make Jeff Bridges young again, they can do the same with Schwarzenegger, but it sounds like that won't need to be done with every T-800 Terminator in the film. We're just wondering where this time travel will take us this time. Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke don't have too much of an age difference between them, so we'll probably see Sarah Connor and John Connor decades apart. Anyway, for my money, a lot of convincing still needs to be done that this reboot is worth my time. What do you think?