Jason Clarke talks about that newly-revealed Terminator Genisys plot twist

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Apr 13, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT (Updated)

The new Terminator Genisys trailer dropped earlier today, and it revealed what looks like a massive plot twist; in it, we got to see a different version of the John Connor we’ve come to know in all those previous Terminator movies. Which was really intriguing, to say the least.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jason Clarke revealed the John Connor we’ll actually get in Genisys may not exactly be the hero we know and love. "To quote Spinal Tap: 'It turns it up to 11.' It takes it from a typical machine chasing the good guys to giving it a bit more complexity within the same realm," Clarke said.

That’s an interesting take for sure (and I'm kind of surprised the new trailer gave that away), and the actor admitted that he relished playing both the good and the bad of the character, saying:

"Not just the good and bad of one man but the good and the bad of man and machine. Technology has become more and more engrained inside of us and John becomes the ultimate realization of that. It was a lot of fun to play and it was a lot of fun as a group to work out what the boundaries are of that. A lot of it they are still designing."

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor explained that he created his own set of rules for how John Connor moves as a machine, as opposed to a human:

"When John gets shot, he experiences the pain, and even though he is a machine at that point, he hasn’t experienced the benefits of what he can do. It was a kind of learn as you go. He was aware of it, but he was still experiencing it, still harnessing it, and learning how to dictate it.

"It did a little bit in terms of focusing, particularly fighting with Arnold. But I made a decision to make a freer John. He’s freed from being a messiah, freed from the burden of knowing the future is set and nothing can change it forever. He’s full of possibilities now that he’s not fully machine, not fully human. He’s something else. He’s still evolving. There are still surprises as to what exactly John is ultimately. Is he controllable or not? He’s the last throw of the dice by Skynet and he is something that is a lot more than we’ve ever seen but nobody really knows just where it can go."

Are you guys intrigued by the version of John Connor we'll get in Terminator Genisys? Could it be there are two of them, the real John and a Terminator doppelganger? Or will Kyle Reese's (Jai Courtney) trip back in time have the consequence that his dad will become some sort of machine? What are your theories?

(via EW)

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