Governator Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator Salvation Cameo

Published 6 years ago by , Updated April 23rd, 2009 at 8:01 pm,

t 8001 Governator Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator Salvation Cameo[UPDATE: It has been confirmed that we will be seeing a CGI version of Arnold in the film.]

Last week Screen Rant reported on the status of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s possible cameo in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Terminator Salvation. The Governator’s involvement with T4 has been looking increasingly doubtful, considering that it’s already mid-April, the film is just over a month away, and his cameo hasn’t even been locked down yet (better get on that one, McG…).

In a recent webcast interview, Schwarzenegger talked about his proposed cameo in Salvation. One bit of info he gave was pretty conflicting: he said he met with the director (McG) and agreed to be in the film, so long as he didn’t have to perform.

I’m sorry, Arnie… what?…

Turns out Schwarzenegger was referring to the question of whether or not it would be actually him who appeared in the film, or just his face, which McG has said he wanted to superimpose over the body of T-800 Terminator model using CGI. That technological leap would allow the Governator to appear in the movie without, you know… actually appearing in the movie. Here’s what “Ahnuld” had to say:

“I made it very clear that I don’t have the time to do the movie… I said that I would be willing to be in the movie if they get the technology together, and so they are working on that right now.”

He also gave his thoughts on the overall idea of adding to the existing franchise, as well as his future therein:

“I think it’s cool to continue on with the franchise … in case I want to jump over again and get into the acting after I’m through here.”

It appears that although Schwarzenegger doesn’t want to act right now (mainly because he doesn’t have the time because of the current position he holds) that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be open to the idea of returning to the acting profession once his term in office runs out in about two years time. He does mention it in the above quote, so I think we can color the possibility of seeing him on-screen in more than just a cameo at some point in the future as quite likely.

Last week we learned that the scene where Arnie’s face would appear would be a fight scene with a naked T-800 (who, of course, was his character in the first three movies). In it we would mostly see him from the back, presumably to hide the fact that it’s not actually him (instead it will be Roland Kickinger taking his place).

It seems that they are trying everything they can to get Arnie in there for a cameo, just as a teasing Easter-egg to movie buffs everywhere. Does it really matter if Arnie’s in there? Not really, but it would be very cool. If it isn’t a case of the cameo disrupting the story and is rather just a little added bonus appearance then I see no problem with it.

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Slap a Schwarzenegger face on this ‘bot and we’re good to go!

As for how they’re going to have him in there, I am very much for employing the technology needed to impose him rather than actually have him in there in person. Schwarzenegger is 62 years old this year, and that, coupled with the fact he’s been out of the movie game for five years now, means he won’t be in the same condition physically as he used to be. Even in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines he was pushing it.

With an approximate $200 million budget, I’m sure that they can find a technological way to get Arnie in T4, one way or another. I think we would all agree that it would be very cool to see him back on-screen again, no matter what role he took, but even cooler to see him as the badass machine we all know and love.

What do you think of Schwarzenegger possibly making a cameo in Terminator Salvation? Would you rather have him appear in person, or is the GGI route the better way to go?

Terminator Salvation opens on May 21st in the US and on June 3rd in the UK this year.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Terminator special edition dvd. Bonus features

  2. I don’t see that the continuity issue with having several Arnold T-800′s. I mean if there are 1000 of them spread out over the entire planet, what are the odds of the same group of resistance fighters seeing one? Now if they show a whole army of Arnold T-800′s, then that is an issue.

  3. Ken J,

    I was under the impression that Arnold got the Terminator role instead of the Reese role because, at the time, his accent was really bad and he wouldn’t be able to carry all the dialouge that Reese required.

    Personally, I don’t want to see an Arnold Terminator until the final movie in the new trilogy. There’s one that the reprogram and send back, and maybe another one that infiltrates the resistance and kills Connor, like stated in T3.

  4. arnold will defo be in this movie not as himself now but the 1984 terminator from the first film theyve copied off the casts from termintor to recreate him in CGI. excellent i hope this is the best movie of the summer am really hopeing so.

  5. Hey folks, it’s been confirmed that we WILL be seeing a CGI version of Ahnuld in the film. According to Variety:

    A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger, created when he first appeared as the muscle-ripped cyborg, provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his famous character. The figure appears in “Terminator Salvation” as a living, breathing actor.


  6. Wow, that’s crazy…

  7. Vic,can you provide a link to the Variety article that you are refering to?

  8. They had that body-cast mold since way back in 83? Wow…must be kept in the Winston Studios archives.

  9. You guys spend to much time analyzing and not enough time allowing yourselves to just enjoy…

    CGI cameo is fine, just entertain me for a few hours, that IS the point after all.

  10. This should be boycotted just for the fact of Arnold’s cameo.. Arnold,along Tony Villar has ruined California,not to mentione the illegals..

  11. Actually, the only thing Arnold has done wrong is being a weak leader and not vetoing every idiotic bill that gets voted through by all of the other idiots you guys have in your government in Kalifornia. Well, I guess our federal government isn’t such a shining example either…

    And anyway, wasn’t he VOTED in? Even reelected? So technically, isn’t it the people’s fault? So would you really ask the people who voted for him to boycott the film because he’ll be portrayed in it?

    Everyone should learn from Charlie Crist of Florida. Not his looks though, he’s kind of ugly… LOL just kidding. :-P

  12. Oh, and not to mention, are you suggesting that Kalifornia was a shining beacon of hope before Arnold? Newsflash, you guys have been screwed up for decades now…

  13. I have a hunch Salvation WILL be dissapointing. Why? You cant make an end of the world apocalyptic movie where humans are being exterminated and make it PG-13. That is so stupid. They are trying to make a movie using an R rated plot and delute it using PG elements. That is like trying to do a hardcore porn movie rated R. It just doesent make sense and no one watching will be satisfied. I am tired of watching all these PG-13 mediocre movies where the action falls short because the studio doesent want to put any violence that could offend minors and hope they can fill all available seats in the theaters.

  14. oh man, here comes the “pg13 vs. R” issue. *sigh*

  15. These days you can have a PG-13 movie pretty much as violent as an R. All you have to do is not show any blood and the same scene will get a PG-13 (for the most part).

    Isn’t that just grand? 8-)


  16. vic,

    TDK would be a great example of that, i mean it has a sadistic and violent joker in it and it got a pg13 rating

  17. I agree KATHY, however boycotting the film won’t effect Arnolds last year in office.
    Villar is a turd as well,,,

    Kim Jong, trying to start conflicts again,,,

  18. I’ve noticed that if the film has more than one F bomb it gets the R rating as well,,,

  19. Oh no, no f-bombs, nudity, or gore, man, it’s going to suck! I can’t wait for the next Saw movie instead! lol

  20. Cgi – what a thing

    Now ill be able to sleep at night knowing someone somewhere can edit a piece of film with a million little terminator arnies screaming at me to GET DOWN and GET TO THE CHOPPA.


  21. @Matt

    That sounds about right.