Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is without question one of cinema’s most popular action movie stars. From Conan the Barbarian to Total Recall to Predator, the former governor of California’s years of performances turned him into a huge star. However, it was The Terminator franchise which brought his fame to a whole other level, allowing him to believably portray a dangerous cyborg that was sent back from the future. Now, Schwarzenegger is returning to the iconic sci-fi franchise in director Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys.
As the opening weekend of the latest Terminator movie gets closer and closer, Paramount Pictures is unleashing a ton of (spoiler-filled) trailers, TV spots, and featurettes. To further build the hype for the upcoming movie, the popular actor took to the crowded streets of Hollywood to promote the franchise’s next installment in a way that’s funny and supports a charity. You can watch the amusing video above.
To draw attention to Schwarzenegger’s charity, After-School All-Stars, and the upcoming release of Terminator: Genisys, the famous actor had a thorough amount of practical make up put on so he would once again look like a damaged T-800. Reprising the role in a more lighthearted way, he then took to the streets and had entertaining interactions with fans and celebrity/character impersonators (which included a Terminator lookalike!).
The big guy of course dropped several of the franchise’s famous lines during the interactions, even convincing one driver to “get out” of his vehicle. The former bodybuilder also had some silly fun as he tried on a variety of colorful sunglasses. Nothing says ’emotionless killing-machine’ quite like bright red sunglasses.
Still dressed as a T-800, Arnold also pranked people in Madame Tussauds wax museum. Pretending to be just another lifeless figure in the exhibit, Arnold scared several people who stood next to him and assumed they were taking a picture with one of the museum’s figures. Considering these people were right next to him and couldn’t tell he was real, that just goes to show how appropriate it was to cast Arnold as the Terminator in the first place. Even after all these years, he’s still playing a convincing T-800.
While the movie does look like it could be solid popcorn entertainment and James Cameron, the creator of the franchise, has praised the film, it is refreshing to see a silly and legitimately funny bit of promotional material since much of the marketing has focused on making Terminator Genisys appear epic or it’s given away one too many plot details. Besides, we bet you never thought we’d hear Arnold say, “Please don’t bump my selfie stick.”
The objective of Arnold’s charity is to offer after-school programs that’ll “keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. ” If someone donates at least $10 to the organization, they’re in the running to attend the movie’s premiere and after-party with the action star. If you want to enter, click here.
Terminator Genisys opens July 1, 2015.