September 28, 2017

How Cameron Brought Hamilton Back for Terminator

I think we were all surprised when we heard that the original Sarah Connor was going to be returning for the latest installment of the Terminator franchise but just how did James Cameron convince Linda Hamilton to finally come back? Well THR got the scoop:


“Hamilton was married to Terminator creator James Cameron from 1997 to 1999, and in this week’s Hollywood Reporter cover story, the director admits he was nervous about asking the actress to return to the franchise.

“Jim was fucking terrified,” incoming Terminator director Tim Miller joked about Cameron’s first call to Hamilton about returning as cyborg-fighting badass Sarah Connor.

“I was,” Cameron responded. “It took me a week just to get up the nerve. No, that’s not true. Linda and I have a great relationship.”

The reality, Cameron revealed, was that he presented the idea to Hamilton as an opportunity to remind audiences what they were missing. “I called her up, and I said: ‘Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done,'” he said. “Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91.”

Hamilton played Connor in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but like Cameron, did not return for three subsequent films.

That Hamilton is now 61 years old only adds to the appeal of reviving the character for Cameron and Miller. The latter said that it’s going to “make a huge fucking statement to have her be the really seasoned warrior that she’s become,” which Cameron agreed with. “There are certainly plenty of 50-, 60-, 70-something guys out there that just keep cranking along doing action movies and killing bad guys left and right. But there isn’t an example of that for women, and I think there should be,” he said.”


I’m intrigued about this one now and can’t wait to see how it’s going to play out. It’s set for release July 26, 2019.


Source: THR

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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