Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks About How His Terminator Will Age in ‘Terminator: Genesis’

By March 26, 2014

He’s back. The former Governator has starred in The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage (out this Friday), a zombie film called Maggie, and a couple Expendables movies since returning to the acting game, and now he’s about to get back to the role that really kicked things off for his career: He’ll reprise his role as the T-800 in Alan Taylor’s upcoming Terminator: Genesis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently spoke with MTV about the movie – specifically, how will the film’s story excuse the fact that he’s 66 years old and still playing The Terminator?

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.

OK, so that’s one major question answered. But Arnie wasn’t done dropping knowledge just yet:

Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then 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, but I feel so good.

A younger T-800? Does that mean we’ll see a digitally created younger Arnold face superimposed onto another body, like in Terminator Salvation? I hope not. But there’s another bit of news that may be of some interest to diehard Terminator fans. Remember Miles Dyson, the creator of Skynet from Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Of course you do. Remember his cute little son, who was almost blown away by Sarah Connor in the Dyson’s home? That kid is apparently going to have a role to play in Terminator: Genesis, and THR’s Borys Kit reports that Attack the Block star John Boyega is wanted for the role of Dyson’s son. Since we know that J.K. Simmons is joining the cast as an alcoholic detective who’s been tracking the case of Sarah Connor for the past thirty years, we’re guessing we’re going to be seeing some major moments from the franchise played out once again (perhaps from a different angle, Back to the Future II style), so Dyson’s kid could show up in a variety of ways (or timelines).

In the meantime, check out Arnold being ridiculous on a recent episode of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” utilizing one of his most famous catchphrases:

I’m sort of digging the concept of a new Terminator movie, but I know some fans out there would rather not see another attempt to tell the Terminator story on the big screen at all. Where do you stand? Do you buy Arnie’s explanation of his aging? Interested in seeing Boyega as Dyson’s son? Let us know in the comments!

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