Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger was treated to some early footage of the much-talked about Terminator Salvation recently and the LA Times was able to talk to him about various things, including what he thought about the footage he saw.
Some people seemed to think that what Schwarzenegger was saying about the film was negative and that he might have been a little upset about the filmmakers not coming to him about a possible cameo. A while back, the California governor, who starred in the original three Terminator movies, said that he would be willing to do a cameo if it was shot in LA. Even more recently there were reports that a young clone of Schwarzenegger would be doing the part in the movie, which seemed to show that there was no room for Arnie; however, I don’t see any jealousy or negativity in Schwarzenegger’s remarks about his sneak peek at Terminator Salvation.
They showed me some footage, but I don’t have a feel for the movie. I didn’t see enough. I wasn’t sure who the Terminator was. I don’t know if there is one or if he’s the star or the hero. These are the things that determine the success and how the strong the movie will be. I hope they do well, and I hope it is a huge hit. I do hope it creates a spectacle on the screen. That is what James Cameron created.
So, not the best response to this particular footage, which was also shown at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, but there is still time to get the Governor back. He feels expectations are set really high for action movies these days.
There are such high standards and now there are always new standards being set for action. You see that with ‘Iron Man’ and with the new Batman movie and that other film this summer, um, ‘Wanted.’ That was an excellent movie! There was this train coming down from a bridge, falling, and they’re fighting inside the train car. Jesus, that is unbelievable that you can do that. To have the imagination to write it and the talent to shoot it and make it real on the screen. It’s a whole new dimension.
The man apparently likes his CGI. It’s good to see that he’s obviously still a big movie fan, though.
Finally, if he’s insulted that he wasn’t put in the movie somewhere, he’s now showing it. He insists he’s moved on from acting to politics.
No, the same thing happened with bodybuilding. Seven times I won the Mr. Olympia title, a record, no one had done that. Then someone else won it eight times. Do I sit and say, ‘Darn it, my record is gone’ or ‘Darn, I’m not up there on stage.’ No, because I’ve moved into other phases of my life. I moved on from bodybuilding into entertainment. Then I moved on from entertainment into a political life. Now this is the most exciting experience of my life. When this movie comes out, I won’t be sitting there saying, ‘Why can’t I do that?’ I hope it makes a lot of money and is very successful.
There you have it. If you ask me, he’d probably like to be part of it, but he’s definitely not jealous that he’s not in it. I still say we’ll wait and see who’s really in what when the movie comes out, but either way, this movie doesn’t hinge on the T-800 at all, so this is simply the two sides of a side note of the movie for all we know.