John Connor in Terminator Genisys
What appealed to you about the script? It was putting John’s character at the heart of what Judgement Day is. And John being the person that’s supposed to save the world vs the problem that could destroy the world. I found that very interesting. That was one of the smartest and best reasons for going back to this franchise: you explore good science fiction themes.
Did you try to incorporate any of the traits of the previous John Connors into your version? I watched and loved Eddie Furlong in the second one. I felt it was important that you see that child that Eddie did so well – that irreverent, smart, savvy little kid. That as John becomes or enters the machine, and does his deal with the devil, this freedom for the child should come back. You’ve seen this warrior; this warlord; this remote, distant guy; and he’s set free at a certain point now he accepts certain things. I did try to put that in.
How was working with Arnie? We had a lot of funny moments with Arnold, just sitting in his trailer. I mean, I don’t smoke cigars, but I had one with Arnold, because how can you not? [ Arnold voice] “Have a stogie?” “Okay, yeah.” Pulled a chair up in the New Orleans night – because we shot a lot of nights – and had a stogie. It was fucking hilarious. Richard Jordan