Linda Hamilton just said "hasta la vista, baby" to the last three Terminator films
Linda Hamilton is keenly aware she was missed from the Terminator universe.
The actress makes her return in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, where she resurrects Sarah Conner — the iconic role she created in James Cameron’s first two Terminator films: The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). Three films followed — Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator: Salvation (2009) and Terminator: Genisys (2015) — but none rose to the level of the first two in Hamilton’s estimation.
“They’re very forgettable, aren’t they?” she said to Variety at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday.
“I wanted them to be good. You start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there,” Hamilton added. “Too many people, too many story points and the focus of just a few people that you’re rooting for. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”
Terminator: Dark Fate — which is billed as a chronological follow-up to the action in T2 — will once again see Hamilton re-teaming with Cameron (who’s producing and co-writing the screenplay), as well as franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The two actors appeared together at CinemaCon on stage after footage of the movie premiered, with Schwarzenegger making a joke about his return to the iconic character and his political career after.
“This is really nuts to present the movie …. this is a fundraiser for my next political race,” former California governor Schwarzenegger joked, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Schwarzenegger, 71, had been absent from a chunk of the Terminator sequels, though was back in Terminator: Genisys. Hamilton lent her voice to Terminator: Salvation.
Though she was happy to play Connor again in the flesh, Hamilton told Variety she hesitated at first to return to the series.
“I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I didn’t want it to look like a shameless money grab. I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn’t involve being a celebrity, and you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?”
Asked if she do it again, Hamilton teased, “I’m going to fake my own death so I don’t have to do another one.”
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on Nov. 1.