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Bale Thought Terminator Franchise was Dead

Christian Bale discusses how he felt when he first received the script for TERMINATOR SALVATION from McG.
Christian Bale took one look at the title on the script and immediately decided to pass on Terminator Salvation. He told Entertainment Weekly:

"I went, 'No, I don't even have to read this. I just thought, the mythology is dead. I mean, I did flick through (the script), because you can always be surprised. But I wasn't surprised by what I read in that one."

Director McG, back in Hollywood, wouldn't take "no" for an answer. He conquered his fear of flying--which prevented him from working on the relaunch of Superman--and flew to London to convince Bale that it was a project he needed to be a part of. Bale said:

"I had people telling me, 'Don't do it, Christian. Don't go with that guy.' In a strange way, I like the fact that he keeps that name because it does him no friggin' favors,'' says Bale. ''But people hear it and they go, 'F--- him!' People were telling me, 'Christian, you're too good for Terminator.' And I'm thinking, I'm too good? I'm not a snob. I really f---ing enjoy watching a good action movie. Who do you think I am?!"

Terminator Salvation stars Christian Bale as John Connor, the man destined to lead the human resistance against Skynet's army of Terminators, Anton Yelchin as a young Kyle Reece and Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, a human-Terminator hybrid. It has also been rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a brief appearance in the film, thanks to CGI technology and stock footage from Terminator (1984).

Terminator Salvation explodes into theaters May 21st!


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Brent Sprecher
5/15/2009

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