Updated: Latest on Terminator: Arnold now saying he'll be back

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Jul 4, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

[Update: The Hollywood Reporter is now saying Schwarzenegger has been secretly working with McG to insert a digitally enhanced version of himself into the movie. A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger, created when he first appeared as the muscle-ripped cyborg, provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his character. The figure appears in Terminator Salvation as a living, breathing actor. Schwarzenegger viewed the resulting footage and gave his go-ahead just in time for McG to include the footage before the helmer completes his cut of the movie.]

In the latest "will he or won't he" report, the Los Angeles Times quotes California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as saying he may in fact appear in McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation.

That is, if he doesn't actually have to do it himself.

Let's clarify: Warner Brothers is reportedly exploring whether it can insert images of Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator movie into the new film as the original T-800 cyborg.

Schwarzenegger told blogger Bill Bradley, who asked some questions of his own and others submitted via Twitter, that he had met with the director and agreed to be in the movie as long as he didn't have to perform.

"I made it very clear that I don't have the time to do the movie," Schwarzenegger reportedly said. "I said that I would be willing to be in the movie if they get the technology together, and so they are working on that right now."

We've previously reported that it's possible Schwarzenegger's visage could be digitally imposed on the body of another actor or that his face could appear in some other way.

Stay tuned ... Terminator Salvation opens May 21.