If you folks remember, rumors spread like wildfire earlier this year that Josh Brolin was in the running for a lead role in Terminator Salvation. Granted, that information came out of the mouth of the film's director McG.
And while I generally give filmmakers the benefit of the doubt in the "truth-telling" department, I make an exception with McG. What with all the "I've gotten James Cameron's blessing" stuff he started at Comic-Con.
Nonetheless, Sam Worthington was ultimately given the role in question - that of Marcus Wright (i.e. the new Terminator!)
Speaking to the MTV Movies Blog (probably doing press for his upcoming film Milk), Brolin confessed that he was in fact almost cast.
As the man who would be Dubya explained:
"Yeah, I talked to Christian [Bale] for a couple hours. I really liked the script though I hear that's not what they filmed. The one I read was very interesting and dark. Ultimately though I didn't think it felt right."
It's well-known that the on-set rewrites by Jonathon "I wrote The Dark Knight" Nolan have little to do with the earlier incarnations of the script. But it's interesting to hear Brolin (someone not even involved with the production) confirm that information nonetheless.
I also can't help but think Brolin made the right decision. Granted, Salvation looks great so far. But he frankly doesn't need a franchise at this point with the recent slate of films he's been associated with!
Terminator Salvation will be released on May 22, 2009.
Source: MTV Movies Blog