Arnold criticizes last 'Terminator' film

By Robert Kirchgassner,
Arnold Schwarzenegger at Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde To Icon. (NYC)

Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has choice words for Terminator: Salvation (2009).

"'Terminator'… the last one was awful. It tried hard, not that they didn't try, the acting and everything. It missed the boat," he said of the latest entry in the science fiction series.

Schwarzenegger became a film star with the first Terminator in 1984.
Salvation is the fourth film in the series and the only one not to feature Schwarzenegger.

His opinion on Salvation is shared by director James Cameron, who directed the first film and its immediate sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He stated that Salvation needed Schwarzenegger in it. However, he still praised director McG’s work.

“Interestingly, I think McG did a good job. I think he was almost too referential to the myths of the first and second film. He over-quoted them in a way. It didn’t feel to me to be enough of a reinvention,” he said. “I didn’t feel the fourth picture was fresh enough. It also lacked a certain stamp of authenticity because Arnold wasn’t in it. I mean, he was in it briefly, digitally, but that’s not the same thing.”

Films Schwarzenegger is set to shoot include The Last Stand, Unknown Soldier and The Tomb.

His next film, The Expendables 2, is due in theaters in August and co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li.

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