Personally, I like when a film is vague and leaves things unexplained. Movies are picture stories and (typically) the less said, the better. Over the course of five Terminator films, it’s never been explained as to why the time traveling machine looks like franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’ve also never cared. In fact, I think it’s pretty obvious and doesn’t even need explaining…unless of course, the filmmakers needed an excuse to bring Schwarzenegger back for yet another sequel. Oh, wait, they are!
Just yesterday Schwarzenegger confirmed that not only is he starring in Terminator 6, being produced by creator James Cameron and directed by Deadpool‘s Tim Miller, but filming is scheduled to begin as early as March 2018.
In a new interview, Cameron reveals that it’s always been on his mind as to why the Terminator looks like Schwarzenegger and he hopes to explain it all in the forthcoming sequel.
“Yeah, you got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason,” explained Cameron as an event promoting the 3-D release of his Terminator 2: Judgment Day. “So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype. There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from – that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point. Now, the question is, did that person have some sort of meaning to Skynet on WHY they chose that one? Or was it like a whole rack of Terminators and the one that happened to be the Arnold model just happened to be closest to the door going out to the time displacement center and all the others looked different? I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved…so stay tuned! We’re talking pretty seriously now about doing some new Terminator films or possibly a trilogy and you’ll just have to see what surfaces in those.”
I think Cameron has proven he deserves the benefit of the doubt and that he’s going to find a unique, new, and exciting way to explain the look of the Terminators. I just pray it’s not as simple as Schwarzenegger being the “closest to the door.”