When Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he would “be back” playing a Terminator in the upcoming reboot Terminator Genesis, many were confused how this would be accomplished. After all, the man doesn’t look as spry as he did in the ’80s and early ’90s (by Terminator 3 his age started to show). Well, in a recent interview with MTV, Schwarzenegger revealed that much like himself, his Terminator will have aged over the years during the film.
The way that the character is written, it’s a machine underneath. It’s this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator’s flesh ages, just like any other human being’s flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages.
Thanks to movie magic, we’ll also see the younger version of this specific Terminator (probably through a method similar to what was seen in Terminator Salvation), which Schwarzenegger says will factor heavily into the time-travel focus of the reboot.
Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good.
Terminator Genesis is expected to take a Star Trek/Back to the Future-like route with its reboot format. Genesis will be connected to the previous movies, but an unknown force will cause events seen previously to go in a different direction. It’s likely that Arnold’s Terminator will be sent back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (like the original film), but when things go differently, he’ll be stuck in that time period and forced to wait through the years to complete his mission However, Schwarzenegger did say that the Terminator would be reprogrammed at some point, so maybe he’ll instead search the world for Sarah or John Connor to protect them.
It was obvious that they’d have to factor in Schwarzenegger’s age for the role, and this is a decent way of doing it. Even though it wasn’t explored in previous movies on how the skin on a Terminator is maintained, it certainly makes sense that it would age. I gotta say, though, once that cyborg reaches age 150 and its skin starts to deteriorate, there’ll be panic in the streets when people see a dude walking down the street with a decomposed face exposing a metal skeleton.