[Movies] Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks About Being Cast in The Terminator Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.08.2012
He initially wanted to be the hero...
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks in depth about being cast in The Terminator in his new memoir. The Sydney Morning Herald posted an excerpt from the book, including his desire to play play heroic roles, not villains. Check out the highlights:
On what he wanted for his career starting out: "It was clear I would never be an actor like Dustin Hoffman or Marlon Brando, or a comedian like Steve Martin. I was being sought as a larger-than-life character in action movies, like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson, and John Wayne before them. Those were my guys. I went to see all their movies. I wanted to be in the same league and on the same pay scale. As soon as I realised this, I felt a great sense of calm. Because I could see it. Just as I had in bodybuilding, I believed 100 per cent that I'd achieve my goal."
On getting involved with The Terminator: "Mike Medavoy, the head of Orion Pictures, arranged for me to have lunch with the director of The Terminator, as well as the producers, John Daly and Gale Anne Hurd. I read the script before I went. It was really well written, exciting and action-packed, but the story was strange. A waitress in a diner, Sarah Connor, finds herself being hunted down by a ruthless killer. It is actually the Terminator, a robot encased in human flesh. "
On meeting with James Cameron: "James Cameron, the director, turned out to be a skinny, intense guy. This whole weird plot had come out of his head. At lunch that day, we hit it off. He'd made only one movie, an Italian horror flick called Piranha II: The Spawning, which I'd never heard of. Just from his vocabulary, I could tell he was technically advanced. And he knew the kinds of money-saving shortcuts that let you bring in a movie for $4 million instead of $20 million. Four million was the amount they were budgeting for The Terminator."
On being drawn to the villain role: "When I talked about the movie, I found myself focused more on the Terminator character than on Reese, the hero. I had a very clear vision of the Terminator. I told Cameron: ''One thing that concerns me is that whoever is playing the terminator, if it's O.J. Simpson or whoever, it's very important that he gets trained the right way. Because if this guy is really a machine, he won't blink when he shoots. When he loads a new magazine into his gun, he won't have to look because a machine will be doing it, a computer. When he kills, there will be absolutely no expression on the face, not joy, not victory, not anything.'' No thinking, no blinking, no thought, just action."