CUL­TURE

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Lee Gyu-lee [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

The lead ac­tors of the new­est Ter­mi­na­tor fran­chise

“Ter­mi­na­tor: Dark

Fate,” Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Linda Hamil­ton, landed in Korea as part of their first Asia press jun­ket, Mon­day, to pro­mote the film.

Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger kept his prom­ise.

He, along with Linda Hamil­ton and other lead ac­tors of the new­est Ter­mi­na­tor film “Ter­mi­na­tor: Dark Fate,” landed in Korea, Mon­day, as part of their Asia press jun­ket to pro­mote the film.

“Last time when I was here (in 2015), I said ‘I’ll be back’ and Ter­mi­na­tor al­ways keeps his prom­ise,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said as he met re­porters dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence held at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Seoul.

He ex­pressed how happy he was to pro­mote the new­est film of the se­ries that gave his ca­reer a huge leap for­ward. “It was one of the mir­a­cles as an ac­tor to get in­volved with a fran­chise that is so pop­u­lar,” he said.

About 35 years af­ter the first “Ter­mi­na­tor” film stormed the global box of­fice, Sch­warzeneg­ger, now 72, still man­aged to de­liver an iconic per­for­mance as the Ter­mi­na­tor. He noted that the se­cret to such pow­er­ful act­ing at his age is con­stant train­ing and prac­tic­ing dif­fer­ent stunts reg­u­larly.

“I re­ally don’t feel my age,” he noted, adding “I’m old but not ob­so­lete.”

The sixth “Ter­mi­na­tor” film picks up the orig­i­nal plot of sav­ing some­one from a fu­tur­is­tic ro­bot and con­tin­ues from where “Ter­mi­na­tor 2: Judg­ment Day” left off. Di­rected by Tim Miller, the film cen­ters on Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) be­ing chased by an ad­vanced liq­uid metal ter­mi­na­tor Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) which has trav­eled back in time on a mis­sion to kill her. Be­ing the last hope for hu­man­ity, Dani has to es­cape the killer ma­chine to save the hu­man race in the fu­ture from an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

A su­per-sol­dier from the fu­ture named Grace (Macken­zie Davis) and the iconic hero­ine Sarah Con­nor (Hamil­ton) step in to pro­tect Dani and fight off Rev-9, with the help of the T-800 (Sch­warzeneg­ger).

The ac­tion-packed block­buster rekin­dled the orig­i­nal­ity of the fran­chise by bring­ing back James Cameron as the pro­ducer and ac­tress Hamil­ton as Sarah Con­nor who both left af­ter “Ter­mi­na­tor 2.”

Hamil­ton shared how it felt to re­turn to the se­ries af­ter 28 years and re­unite with Sch­warzeneg­ger for the film. “It was a fan­tas­tic mo­ment to see each other. On the set, when we were there in our cos­tumes, I think it felt like a very nat­u­ral and or­ganic place and we just fell right back into it,” she said. “I’ve been train­ing for a year (be­fore shoot­ing be­gan). So I felt very ready, but see­ing Arnold on set was like fin­ish­ing the pic­ture and made me feel 100 per­cent there. We just con­tin­ued in that vain for the rest of the film.” She added that she’d never been hap­pier work­ing on a film.

Sch­warzeneg­ger noted that how im­pressed he was, to see Hamil­ton train­ing and per­form­ing stunts like she did for the pre­vi­ous films.

“I was on the set and watched the first scene of her ac­tion — the way she moved and she han­dled guns. I said to my­self that ‘Linda Hamil­ton’s back’ and she’s a badass as she al­ways was,” he said. “So now she not only has set stan­dards of what women, in gen­eral, can do on the screen, but also a 60-year-old woman can do.”

Ac­tress Davis plays a hy­brid cy­borg hu­man with the ad­vance phys­i­cal abil­i­ties to fight. She said she was mind-blown af­ter watch­ing the first two se­ries and felt like dis­cov­er­ing miss­ing pieces for the ori­gin of strong fe­male char­ac­ters. “(Watch­ing the be­gin­ning of the se­ries) felt like dis­cov­er­ing the part of the legacy of im­pres­sive, au­thor­i­ta­tive com­bated char­ac­ters on screen.”

“And Linda Hamil­ton’s Sarah Con­nor is an im­por­tant puzzle piece. If you don’t know it’s there, you’re miss­ing out on the ori­gin of all the im­pres­sive char­ac­ters that came af­ter­ward,” she said.

The lat­est ad­di­tion to the fran­chise goes in-depth on de­vel­op­ing the fe­male-led saga with ad­di­tional strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nists tak­ing the lead in de­cid­ing their own fate. The di­rec­tor said that he saw the ac­tion se­quences done by fe­male leads as more in­ter­est­ing as they have’t been done much in pre­vi­ous films.

“There are so many films where men pick up guns and beat ev­ery­one in de­fense or vengeance. I do like it as it’s what I grew up watch­ing,” he said. “But it’s so much more in­ter­est­ing to me to have women step into that role….I think they bring a whole other di­men­sion to the ac­tion.”

Fol­low­ing the press con­fer­ence, the di­rec­tor and cast will meet with fans through V-Live, a live-stream­ing plat­form, and hold a red car­pet and fan meet­ing event, at 7 p.m. at IFC Mall on Yeouido, Seoul, the same day.

Yonhap

The cast of film “Ter­mi­na­tor: Dark Fate,” from left, Natalia Reyes, Macken­zie Davis, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Linda Hamil­ton and Gabriel Luna, and di­rec­tor Tim Miller pose dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence for the film, held at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Mon­day.

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