Arnold Schwarzenegger gives Terminator details and explains his character aging

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT (Updated)

Believe it or not, Arnold Schwarzenegger was 37 years old when he debuted in The Terminator. Three decades later, he's gearing up for another outing. This poses an obvious question: How will they explain his aging? Schwarzenegger's T-800 is a machine, yet he'll have the same wear and tear as any other senior citizen.

While speaking to MTV News, Schwarzenegger tried to explain the character's new look. "The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger said. "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." Good save?

The actor went on to discuss the film's plot, which, as expected, is time-travel-heavy. "Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800," Schwarzenegger revealed, "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."

The last time they used a younger T-800 was in Terminator: Salvation. It was a nice nod to the character's origin, but the CGI was unsettling. If you don't remember, here's the Schwarzenegger cameo without the real Schwarzenegger.

Terminator: Genesis starts filming next month.

(via MTV News)