The name “Arnold Schwarzenegger” is synonymous with “The Terminator” for most of us, but it turns out the man himself has trouble separating the two as well. Speaking to a crowd in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con Thursday, the Governator said that he never had any hesitations about returning to the franchise in Terminator: Dark Fate. Turns out, The Terminator is just in his blood.
“It’s absolutely incorrect to say I don’t need to come back,” he said. “Of course I need to come back! I’m addicted to Terminator. Terminator is the movie that really launched my action movie career. I did Conan the Barbarian and then Conan the Destroyer and then Jim Cameron came to me and said, ‘I want you to do Terminator.’
“From that moment on, everything changed in my life,” Schwarzenegger continued. “I feel very indebted to Jim Cameron for having created that character.”
Arnold appeared alongside his Terminator: Dark Fate castmates, Linda Hamilton, Diego Luna, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta as well as director Tim Miller, while James Cameron video-called from the set of Avatar 2, 3 and/or 4. Together, the cast talked about bringing back the iconic franchise, making Sarah Connor the badass she is and revealed never-before-seen footage of the crew in action followed by a scene where she explains that she now hunts Terminators full-time.
Hamilton shared how life experience has enabled her to bring more to her character than ever before, especially when it comes to Sarah’s backstory.
“The richness of my life experience is only going to enrich the character that I play,” she told the audience. “That gave me so much to work on in the backstory stuff that you won’t see but I worked from in my performance.”
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She added that Miller’s direction also has a lot to do with the performance she was able to produce and called him “dearly beloved” by the cast—something that became adorably evident when a swear bet between Schwarzenegger and Luna came to light.
At one point during the panel, Diego leaned over and handed Arnold a $20 bill, explaining that he had just lost the bet for how many times Miller would drop an F-bomb. Arnold then threw some shade at President Donald Trump over his plethora of options for where to spend it.
“[I have plenty of options] since the economy is going so well under Donald Trump,” Schwarzenegger deadpanned to raucous applause. The Governator may be a Republican, but his feud with the current POTUS is long and well-documented.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theatres November 1.