Schwarzenegger Recalls How He Got to Play Terminator Under Cameron

Arnold Schwarzenegger is all excited about ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in <i>Terminator: Dark Fate.</i>
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Arnold Schwarzenegger made the Terminator an unforgettable iconic character with the first two films The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The action-packed sci-fi franchise is now back with its sixth instalment Terminator: Dark Fate. What special about the latest edition of the Terminator series is that this is the first since Terminator 2: Judgement Day to have franchise creator James Cameron involved, both as the story writer and a producer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in <i>Terminator: Dark Fate.</i>
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate.

Here’s why Schwarzenegger is all excited about the latest Terminator movie, “It’s another Terminator movie with a totally different story and it has Jim Cameron’s fingerprints all over it. Also, Linda Hamilton’s. So, it’s kind of like going back to the old days of Terminator. And it has more action in it than any of the other Terminators have ever had. More unique action. And the visual effects are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”

Linda Hamilton in&nbsp;<i>Terminator: Dark Fate.</i>
Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate.

Schwarzenegger worked with actor Linda Hamilton for the first time in 1984 in The Terminator, which was directed and co-written by Cameron. The actor and politician says working with Hamilton again took him back to the early Terminator films. “It was just nice to all work together again. It was great. I remember that it was really the first time I had played a machine and it was fun to do that,” says Schwarzenegger.

He also spoke about how he landed the iconic role, “I’d seen Yul Brynner in Westworld and the way he played that role was so powerful and so believable that I wanted to play it exactly the same way. So that was my motivation: Brynner! That’s why when I met Jim Cameron for the first time, and I told him what needed to happen, how the terminator has to act, how he has to carry himself, how he has to behave, Cameron offered me the role! I’d gone to talk to him about playing Reese (the human time-traveller), that was the idea. But then Jim realised I could play the terminator really well and that was that,” recalls Schwarzenegger.

Produced by James Cameron with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong reprising their iconic cult roles, Terminator: Dark Fate will release on 1 November, 2019 in India in 6 languages: English Hindi Tamil Telugu Kannada and Malayalam.

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