It caused quite the cinematic collision, the thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise “Terminator Genisys” that will explode onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on November 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Ouch!
In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (portrayed by Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.
For the fifth installment of the sci-fi “Terminator series”, “Terminator Genisys”, he returns to the familiar world of explosions, catchphrases and deadpan deliveries as a senior T-800 cyborg nicknamed Pops. This time, the Sarah Connor of 1984 (portrayed then by Linda Hamilton and now by Emilia Clarke) is a target of forces from a grim future in which humans and machines fight for domination. Schwarzenegger’s T-800 cyborg is her protector.
“For the last 25 years I have been a father, so playing the protector of Sarah Connor came very naturally to me,” explains Schwarzenegger, who worked out for two hours a day, six days a week, in order to get in shape for the role.
Schwarzenegger’s big-screen buddy has been the Terminator in James Cameron’s seminal 1984 film, and its game-changing 1991 sequel. Even after Cameron left the franchise, Schwarzenegger stayed loyal to the role, going so far as to put up his own money to bring “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” in 2003. However, when ‘Rise of the Machines’ got a lukewarm reception, Schwarzenegger hung up his iconic sunglasses and leather coat and moved on to politics. He refused to involve himself with “Terminator Salvation”, causing the filmmakers to use CGI face-swapping to recreate Schwarzenegger’s 1984 Terminator character in a cameo scene.
So why did he return to the franchise? Could it be he needs the money (alimony, lavish lifestyle, four children) or the need to regain his “stardom” since his last few flicks—think “The Last Stand”, “Escape Plan”, “Sabotage”)—flopped?
“I always said that I would do another ‘Terminator’ if the story is great,” he says. “I think I really enjoyed this story when I read it. I think the people that were involved made me feel like I think this is going to be a good movie and they’re going to go all out with the project. It’s not just kind of like, ‘Let’s exploit this franchise and live off some of the great ones that were done in the past.’ They really took it seriously. They really figured out a way of continuing on the story and kind of ignoring the last one, basically.
He’s quick to add he’s passionate about the role. “It’s like you’ve been doing it your whole life, because I’m very passionate about the character,” he says. “I think it’s a great and interesting character. It’s a character that has been programmed to protect Sarah Connor. But I am basically the same Terminator. I will destroy anything that’s in front of me in order to save her. I think it’s a great story. I think the whole concept that Cameron had way back in the early ’80s of creating a world where the machines take over and things becoming a reality more and more, which no one could even think of in those days, I think it’s really been great because the whole team is really into going all out. And then it is fun to be in a movie like that. the studio is very enthusiastic about the ‘Terminator’ movie. The key thing is you give the people more than they can even anticipate. So it’s giving more than we promised rather than less. So this is why it’s very important why this movie…and I think everyone recognizes that this movie has to deliver.”