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When Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator has said “I’ll be back”, he meant what he said as has done so over and over since the inception of his cyborg assassin character debuted in 1984. He’ll soon reprise his role in the upcoming Dark Fate alongside the return of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. But since the actor is now in his 70s, it begs the question… can Skynet robots grow old?
When CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg attended a roundtable with Terminator creator James Cameron and producer on Dark Fate, the question of Schwarzenegger aging was posed. Here’s what Cameron revealed:
Oh, that’s right! In the science fiction genre we hear words such as cyborg thrown around so much that sometimes its meanings can get lost in translation. “Cyborg” is a shortened word for cybernetic organism, which means a being made up of organic and biomechanic body parts. So the Terminator is part human, which means if he survived long enough, he could live to look like a 70-year-old man. Cameron continued to explain with these words:
This is certainly good news for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s continuing involvement in the franchise. It’s also an interesting aspect of the Terminators most of us have probably not thought of before. It’s true though that since the first movie, it’s been obvious that T-800 has flesh since he ends up looking pretty gnarly by the end of the movie, with cuts and bruises all over but no indication of any pain. Plus, the living flesh over his robotic skeleton allows him to blend in among humans throughout his hunt.
The movie’s “science” of sorts is a good tidbit to keep in mind as Dark Fate reaches theaters this weekend as audiences meet Schwarzenegger’s Terminator in his older age. The new movie is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, ignoring Rise of the Machines, Salvation or Genisys. It’s also the first time James Cameron and Linda Hamilton have been involved in the franchise since T2. Dark Fate has recieved good buzz so far from critics, calling it the best of the franchise since the second installment.
Check out Terminator: Dark Fate in theaters on November 1.