Schwarzenegger on fighting his younger, robot self in Terminator: Genisys

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Mar 9, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the Arnold Classic and Sports Festival, and of course he was chatting all about the upcoming Terminator: Genisys. One of the most intriguing things about the latest sequel is the decision to take things back to the events of the original film, set in the mid-1980s.

The Arnold Fans caught some comments from Schwarzenegger about the project in which he teased the film’s mysterious Big Bad and some more of the time-travel shenanigans. He also touched on some of the extensive FX work required to create the faceoff against the same Terminator from two different eras. Here are the highlights:

“I got myself in shape and felt great, the way I looked in the movie. I think it's going to be a great movie with great surprises, none of which you can see in the trailer, simply because of the visual FX... to recreate me from 1984, every single frame has to be recreated... and it's quite a long scene. The idea is in 1984 when you see me walking across naked to those punks and say ‘Give me your clothes.’

Now the scene changes. As I (the young Arnold) say 'Give me your clothes,' suddenly you hear a voice behind me say 'You won't need them.' So the Terminator turns around to check out who is that, and all of a sudden he sees himself, which is me the way I look now, and I'm there with a shotgun, and I just blast away at him. We'll be having some great surprises about who is the ultimate villain that I have to fight, how I was reprogramed, and the time travel. You can't travel through time when you have metal exposed, and my arm gets deteriorated... the flesh, because of some acid... so then my metal arm is exposed, therefore I cannot use the time machine.”

Terminator: Genisys opens July 1. What do you think of the pre-boot plan?

(Via The Arnold Fans)