Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
TheArnoldFans caught up with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2009 Arnold Classic and were able to find out what the Govenator’s hesitations are with appearing in McG‘s Terminator Salvation.
“I have seen the movie, but I have not seen it as a finished product yet. I have not seen it yet with the Terminator special effects and some of the sound and the music is not in there yet and so on. So I really cannot comment on it, what the movie will be like as a finished product. There’s a rule that you never talk about a movie unless you have seen the finished product. But you know as I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I’m happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it. I don’t believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say you know Arnold is in the movie and everyone thinks that I’m the Terminator and in fact you only see one second of me in there and so I don’t think thats the right thing to do. And you know that’s the danger of that, and that’s why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn’t get promoted that way.”
I’m pretty sure that Warner Bros would sign a contract agreeing not to promote Schwarzenegger’s appearance in the film, just to keep it as a treat for fans. But you can’t control the media, and it would be very easy for mainstream news sources to blow Arnold’s appearance out of proportion (which might be another reason to keep it secret until the film’s released). But it would certainly be cool to have him make a cameo appearance, and I hope it happens.