Arnold Talks About His Terminator and Expendables Cameos

March 11, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I've said before that this may finally be the year that we see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the big screen, if only just briefly, but it looks like it will happen. Arnold appeared at the 2009 Arnold Classic and was there to ask him about appearing in both McG's Terminator Salvation and Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. He gave a lengthy political answer to the question, but in brief, he said that he will shoot a very small cameo in Expendables and he might show up in Terminator, but he doesn't want McG to sell the movie based entirely on his appearance. I don't think that'll be a problem!

You can read the full transcript on their site, but I've pulled the most important parts to read below.

"As I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I'm happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it. I don't believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say you know Arnold is in the movie and everyone thinks that I'm the Terminator and in fact you only see one second of me in there and so I don't think that's the right thing to do. And you know that's the danger of that, and that's why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn't get promoted that way."

"Naturally when [Sly] asked me if I would do a cameo, which will just be something quick, like I walk out of a hotel or out of a office building and he will walk up and we will bump into each other and there will be some mumbling and then we will walk off. So it will be something very simple, that will be again, just a cameo, so that's what we're going to do. I promised him I'd do that and I'm looking forward to that."

It obviously sounds like he'll show up in The Expendables more than Terminator Salvation, though I don't think McG will give up until he sneaks Arnold in there somehow. As McG has hinted at previously, we may see a younger, 1984-like Arnold in his movie, which could be a completely CGI creation, without his approval, although we'll have to wait until May to see that. Whatever happens, I'm excited to see Arnold appearing in some movies again. I miss the guy, he's been away from Hollywood for too long, and although I know he's the Governator int the state I now live in, he needs some screen time, too! Are you excited?

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So blowing smoke up his own ass! Unless there's a role for an aged terminator, wrinkles and droopy pecks and all then I'd rather he didn't make an appearance so that we can enjoy the movie without him and thus the new trilogy can take fold - a new chapter.

dom on Mar 11, 2009


Am I the only one who read that quote in Ahhhnold's accent?

Shane on Mar 11, 2009


I think it would only be cool to have a Arnold cameo somewhere in the new trilogy. As long as it doesn't take away focus from the rest of the film.

Ryderup on Mar 11, 2009


He should stick to being a Governor, surely there's enough to keep him busy there. Not really excited by him being in it at all, isn't it just being nice at the risk of ruining a good film?

Crapola on Mar 11, 2009


#2........HAHAHAHA makes it all the better

Yo on Mar 11, 2009


I'm not too concerned with the cameo. I think if this is to be a new trilogy, they should not worry too much about his cameo appearance and just focus on the future war with Skynet. I think it would be cool if they were to show him being created in the future films of the new trilogy and being sent back in time in 1984 when the new films start to explore time travel. That way the new films would have already built a base of originality and then had a brief throwback to the first trilogy with his character. It would be like the creation of Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequels. It would be sweet to see Arnold again.

Matt on Mar 11, 2009


I like the idea that the new Terminator movie(s) serve both as a sequel and a prequel to the originals. It's such a weird concept to wrap my head around.

S on Mar 11, 2009


Very insightful #7...never thought of it like that, but it is pretty mind blowing.

peloquin on Mar 11, 2009


Pish. Dont flatter yourself, Arnold. More will see this movie because of Christian Bale and the badass T-Whatevers. It would be a great addition to the movie if Arnold showed up, but he's not essential to making it a hit. I think he should have more pride in his role and how pivotal and essential it could be to the quality of the story & spanning plotline. Asking the filmmakers to not have one single shot if him in the movie means Arnold himself doesnt care about THE STORY as much as he claims. He could complete the whole fucking thing and make this truly epic. . . .instead of choosing to go out with T3 as his last shred of involvement.

Voice of Reason on Mar 11, 2009


You know, I kind of bored of this 'will he won't he" stuff. I really just think that it's too distracting. If he is going to be in the thing, then just let everyone know. Set the expectation for the amount of screen time he will have ( which I get, it's going to be minimal if any) and then move on. The Terminator movie looks like it will be a fun movie with or without Arnold in it. Now, I get that he is a center part of the mythology. however, I believe that this first installment can survive without him.. Shit or get off the pot!!

ERivas on Mar 11, 2009


McG! You do not have copyright on me! I EAT YOU! I EAT YOU ALL!!!

Political Arnold on Mar 11, 2009


It would be fun to see a factory line filled with Arnold heads.

Luis M on Mar 11, 2009


SO he wants this movie to work on its own, and not be sold with his face all over it? Dude, a lot of people are already sold on the movie without any mention even that he might show up. Stop thinking you're gonna carry this movie on your shoulders and just do a damn cameo dammit.

Alfredo on Mar 11, 2009


I have always thought they missed a great opportunity in the franchise by not casting Arnold as a human in one of the sequels; as the 'prototype' or model used for the original cyborg. It could have been a fun role reversal, with the human, flawed (and aging!) Arnold sent back in time to stop his cyborg counterpart, or setting it in the future after Judgement Day, where we would learn who was the real person they based the cyborg from.

Scott on Mar 11, 2009


Arnold should have a cameo the same way Heston did in True Lies.

Mr j Money on Mar 11, 2009


This new Terminator movie is stupid to me. We already know what was needed to be known with James Cameron's first two. However, just an idea. if the machines were in the process of building the T-800 and were molding the skin of somebody. which during this process the camera pans up at a computer screen showing Arnolds face being scanned and other photos of him being the Governor of California. That could be interesting. (and could be a reason why the machines targeted him as the T-800)

The_Phantom on Mar 11, 2009


Robert Patrick cameo would be better imo

Shikaka on Mar 11, 2009


He'll be back.

Jamie on Mar 11, 2009


#16. How can this new Terminator movie be stupid to you. Did you even like the story from the first two films. Sure the special effects in part 2 where great but it was the story of the future wars that had me interested. And now we finally get to see it, and you say it's stupid. Seriously what the?.

Jamie on Mar 11, 2009


I agree that he's been away for too long from Hollywood. I like MCGs crazy idea of ressurecting Arnold age 37 or so for this movie. Arnold didn't deny that. Thinking about it, I don't even know if Arnold could sue them for having a computer animated version of him in the movie either. He probably wouldn't either. It's been a long time since I believed Arnold would be in any real footage of the film. That's what they hired his body double for. Let's hope he allows them to have his CGI over poor Kickingers body. Well, poor and poor, eventhough his fave might not be in the film this is probably the most he's been talked about in his entire life.

Johan on Mar 12, 2009


Agree with #17 it will be a lot of a surprise instead of Arnold.

Fisherr on Mar 12, 2009


Haha. Read between the lines you morons. This new film sucks. Lol

790 on Mar 12, 2009


It's stupid to me cause they keep trying to embelish a story that we already know. It should of ended with Cameron's masterpieces. Here it seems a little bit more like their trying to make more money off of it.

The_Phantom on Mar 12, 2009


Phantom; I agree yes they are trying to make money off this. This is the movie business and that is what film companies are about. But this story is so good, and we only got to hear and see a small portion of it. I think that once this film comes out that you will be interested in how the whole story pans out.

Jamie on Mar 13, 2009

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