Last week, I had a chance to attend the press conference for Terminator Genisys in Beverly Hills. It was an epic event as the cast and crew fielded questions from reporters about the long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel. In attendance were Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator), Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), director Alan Taylor, producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, and writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier.
Among some of the many topics covered was the Arnold vs Arnold scene featured in the movie, firearms training and advice from Arnold, along with the stunt work.
In regards to the epic “Arnold vs. Arnold” or T-800 vs. T-800 fight featured in the film, Schwarzenegger had a few concerns about how it would all turn out when finished. Were the technology and special effects up to speed to make it look believable?
“I think that the body builder that they picked for me to fight with was really an extraordinary kind of a champion body builder. He had terrific muscles and so that was a great idea to use that approach. But even after three, four days of doing this fight scene and being thrown around and doing all the crazy stunts and this epic battle, I was always wondering while I was doing, you know, how are they going to do this face replacement, how are going to do this technologically, kind of you know, head replacement, and how do you make the body exactly like my body?”
At the end Schwarzenegger was very satisfied with the effects.
“It totally worked. And so I was really impressed.”
Actress Emilia Clarke played Sarah Connor, while actor Jai Courtney took the role of Kyle Reese. Both were asked if Schwarzenegger gave them a few tips about working with fire arms. After all he is an action superstar.
“He was very helpful. I definitely needed like a lot of help. So yeah, yeah, he was very helpful. I know that I spent most of my training just hoping that he would be, uh, impressed. Getting a good response from him was kind of yeah, the most helpful thing, to give me the confidence to continue on.” Emila Clarke said.
“He’s the only man I’ve ever come across who can fire six rounds, six shotgun shells off without blinking.” Jai Courtyey added.
In Terminator mythology the “Time Displacement Equipment” is a time machine used to go back in time to kill or protect military leaders of the future. In order for this time travel to occur, the subject must be a living organism or must be surrounded by living tissue. Nothing else can go through time, not even clothes. In Terminator Genisys Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke do some time traveling followed by action sequences in the nude. They were asked if stunt work, naked, was a little more freeing?
“Freeing, yeah, no, that’s the word. It’s totally liberating doing stunts naked.” said Courtney. “Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Naked in a harness was fun, doing stunts, that was good. That was interesting.” added Clarke. But what did Arnold think of doing action scene in the nude? “I think they’re fun, because they’re embarrassing, they’re fun, and it leads to funny conversations and funny dialogue and great humor and everything like that, so you know, it’s inevitable. You have to do it because that’s what the movie shows, and at certain times you can cover things up and there’s certain times you don’t and you can’t, and so what? You know, I don’t think there’s anyone here that has anything to hide.”
By the end of the conference I got a sense that they were all very passionate about creating this film, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’ve covered hundreds of press events and Schwarzenegger brings a special energy into the room. There’s something special about the guy and that’s why he’s a living legend.
Terminator Genisys is in theaters now!