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Arnie Still Says He Might Be In Terminator Salvation... But Not Really

Illustration for article titled Arnie Still Says He Might Be In Terminator Salvation... But Not Really

The face most closely associated with the Terminator franchise could pop up in Terminator Salvation... but it'll only be a brief glimpse, by the sound of things. Minor spoilers, below.

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During an interview with political blogger Bill Bradley, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he might appear in the latest Terminator film — but only if he doesn't have to do anything:

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.

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In other words, they might use Arnie's image, via stills from the original Terminator movie, but he wouldn't come in and allow himself to be photographed digitally. Those images might be superimposed on another actor's body, such as that of bodybuilder Roland Kickinger. Arnie said this would be for a brief scene where someone comes face to face with a "future Terminator." He added:

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.

But I'm guessing if it was that simple — if they could just lift Arnie's face from the original film — they would have done it already. It's probably not that hard to get permission to use the Governator's likeness, after all. The hard part would have been getting Arnie to come in and spend a day being photographed or filmed, so they could put a new image of his face onto whatever body they have. And it sounds like that's definitely not going to happen. But maybe he'll be in Terminator 5, after his term is over? [L.A. Times]

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They could have Arnold in the fifth movie as the person they modeled the 101's after.

I know there's that deleted scene for T3 that shows Arnold as a hick USMC Sargent who volunteered to have T-800s modeled after him:

But since it's pretty much a comedy bit that nobody saw, and flies in the face of the 4th movie, it couldn't be considered canon.

However, in the expanded universe books that were written between T2 and T3, the Connor's meet a retired CIA agent who was unknowingly selected by Skynet to serve as the template for the first T-800s:

[terminator.wikia.com]

The guy ends up becoming one of their allies and even gets in involved with Sarah. It would be cool if they could incorporate him into the films and Arnold wouldn't even need to try and hide his age to play him.