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Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains How He’ll Be an Old Man in ‘Terminator 5′

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We have no idea what to make of ‘Terminator 5,’ which is apparently going to function as both a sequel to the other four films in the franchise and a reboot, putting the series on course for a new trilogy of time traveling cyborg adventures. However, there is one man out there who can shed light on all of this: the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is returning to the role that made him famous despite being able to order from the senior citizen menu at restaurants.

Schwarzenegger is currently doing the press rounds for ‘Sabotage,’ so, naturally, everyone wants to ask him about the new ‘Terminator,’ which will be directed by Alan Taylor and co-star Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. MTV got the real goods, getting the veteran action star to reveal how he can play cyborg killing machine despite his more advanced age:

The way that the character is written, it’s a machine underneath. 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.

Why didn’t we think of that? That makes almost too much sense. It should be fun to watch older Arnold play a cyborg who’s been around enough (and seen enough) that he resembles an older gentleman. It’s an elegant solution that actually fits the science fiction o the story (and won’t be a CG monstrosity like the digital Terminator created for ‘Terminator: Salvation’).

But wait! There’s more! Schwarzenegger also revealed that there will be multiple Terminators in the new film and thanks to time travel, multiple versions of him, including a younger model. Maybe we celebrated the lack of a CG Terminator too soon…

Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800 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.

In theory, it all sounds well and good. If we’re understanding him right, there’s a chance old Arnold will get a chance to battle young Arnold in ‘Terminator: Genesis’ and as ‘The 6th Day’ proved, Arnold interacting with himself is pretty much the best thing ever.

For further details, including Schwarzenegger’s thoughts on returning to the role at the age of 66, hit the link above. ’Terminator: Genesis’ starts filming soon and will be released on July 1, 2015.

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