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Emilia Clarke recalls being punked by Fantastic Four, 'relieved' when Terminator flopped

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May 24, 2018

Poor Terminator: Genisys. Despite its best efforts to revive the Terminator franchise in 2015, the Alan Taylor-helmed reboot had most fans wishing Arnold Schwarzenegger had never promised he’d be back in the first place, and was blown apart by critics.

Now, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke (who played the iconic role of Sarah Connor in the film) has admitted that it was pretty rough on set, too. How bad? Well, turns out they were even punked by the crew of the equally bad Fantastic Four movie from the same year.

In a cover interview with Vanity Fair to promote her role in Solo: A Star Wars Story Clarke says that she watched director Taylor (who she'd worked with numerous times on Game of Thrones) get "eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn't have a good time. No one had a good time."

She also added that she was "relieved" when the movie underperformed at the box office, meaning she wouldn’t be required to return for any sequels (although it has to be said, it still had a fairly decent global taking of $440.6 million.)

But if all that wasn't bad enough, Clarke hilariously revealed how news of their troubled production spread all the way onto the nearby set of Fantastic Four. The cast and crew of that movie, who were presumably also having a tough time of it while still in production, had jackets made that read, "AT LEAST WE’RE NOT ON TERMINATOR." Burn!

Clarke and co had the last laugh though, as Fantastic Four turned out to be a much bigger bomb than Terminator: Genisys, grossing just $168 million worldwide against a production budget of $155 million. It also cleaned up at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards, winning Worst Director, Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel, and Worst Picture.

Terminator Genisys had attempted to refresh the franchise by presenting an altered timeline that showed a young Sarah Conor toughened up by a reprogrammed Terminator and no longer a scared waitress from 1984. Still, it seems no actor could ever really best the stellar work by Linda Hamilton, which is why we are so very stoked for her return in Terminator 6.

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