An older, wiser Schwarzenegger returns in 'Terminator: Genisys'

Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:27pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger may be older but that does not stop him from destroying his younger self, as the former governor of California returns to one of his most recognizable roles in "Terminator: Genisys."

The film, out in theaters on Wednesday, opens a new chapter for the "Terminator" franchise, with a slew of new cast members joining Schwarzenegger, including "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke and "Divergent" star Jai Courtney.

The story follows resistance fighter Kyle Reese (Courtney) traveling back in time to 1984, the year of the first "Terminator" film, to save Sarah Connor (Clarke) from a cyborg humanoid assassin, the Terminator.

But he soon finds the events of the past have already been altered, taking him and Connor on a new mission to fight the killer artificial intelligence entity Skynet, with help from Schwarzenegger's older, greyer Terminator, Connor's protector.

"I said I'd be delighted to play the Terminator again, especially after 30 years of having starred in the first one, but we have to have a great story and a great script otherwise it won't work," Schwarzenegger, 67, told Reuters.

In the opening of "Genisys," Schwarzenegger's aging Terminator comes face to face with his Terminator from 31 years ago. Thanks to special effects trickery, the two engage in a fight as a tongue-in-cheek throwback.

"It's very easy to underestimate what he's doing with that character and what he's done throughout this entire franchise, because we see he's a machine, so there's a rigidity to it, but its very carefully crafted," said Courtney.

Viacom Inc-owned Paramount Pictures' "Genisys" was made for $155 million and is projected by to open with $28 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend.   Continued...

Cast member Arnold Schwarzenegger poses by a Terminator replica at the premiere of "Terminator Genisys" in Hollywood, California June 28, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 1.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni