Arnold Schwarzenegger 'excited' to be back as The Terminator

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 June 2015
Arnold Schwarzenegger with Jai Courtney

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Jai Courtney

Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed he's very "excited" to be playing The Terminator for a fifth time in 'Terminator Genisys' because it's one of the few action roles in Hollywood to have always been portrayed by the same actor

Arnold Schwarzenegger is "very excited" to be reprising the role of 'The Terminator' for the first time in 12 years.

Referencing the famous line, "I'll be back", the 67-year-old actor has insisted the T-800 cyborg - which he is playing for the fifth time - is unique as a character, because it has always been him in the role, as opposed to recurring characters like James Bond or Batman who have swapped actors over the years.

Speaking at the Australian premiere of 'Terminator Genisys' on Thursday night (04.06.15), Schwarzenegger said: "It's great to be back. I promised I'll be back, right? I was very, very excited to be part of it.

"Let's be honest, most movies within a 30-year-period, the characters are switched out. There's no James Bond around for 30 years, there's no Batman around for 30 years, all those characters, they always bring in new (actors) after five or six years."

Schwarzenegger is joined in the movie by Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith and Jai Courtney among others.

Jai was initially sceptical about starring in the sci-fi sequel but once he saw the script he knew he had to sign up for the role of Kyle Reese.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the 29-year-old actor said: "My reaction was probably one of a healthy amount of scepticism because you question the need and desire to do [it] at a certain point, but when I read the script and saw what they were trying to do with it and how intelligent the concept was, I was really intrigued."

Terminator Genisys

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alan Taylor
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith
  • UK release: 26 June 2015

More time-travel hi-jinks as the Resistance battles Skynet and timelines collide all over the shop. Solidly workmanlike action sequences meet bewilderingly confusing writing and the characters are soon as lost as the audience, in what feels more like a parody of the franchise than the dawn of a new era.