After portraying various iterations of the iconic “Terminator” character in multiple films, veteran actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially declared his departure from the sci-fi action franchise.
Schwarzenegger’s journey with the Terminator series began in 1984 when he starred as the eponymous machine in James Cameron’s groundbreaking film. The success of the movie led to a popular franchise, with Schwarzenegger reprising the role in the highly acclaimed Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991, widely regarded as one of the greatest sequels of all time. He returned once more for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, marking the franchise’s revival.
However, Schwarzenegger chose to sit out Terminator Salvation in 2009, with a CGI version of his likeness making an appearance instead. He made a comeback in 2015’s Terminator Genisys and made his final appearance in the franchise with Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019.
Unfortunately, Dark Fate failed to capture the magic of its predecessors, resulting in a significant box office loss of over $120 million. Since then, the franchise has been put on hold with no clear plans for its future.
In a recent interview Schwarzenegger discussed the state of the Terminator franchise and his role within it. He acknowledged that while the franchise itself isn’t finished, his time as an actor in the series has come to an end.
Schwarzenegger recognized the audience’s disinterest in seeing him portray Terminators, drawing lessons from the disappointing reception of Dark Fate. He also pointed out that the subpar writing of the last two films might have contributed to their negative reviews. Schwarzenegger stated:
“The franchise is not done. I’m done. I got the message loud and clear that the world wants to move on with a different theme when it comes to The Terminator. Someone has to come up with a great idea.
The Terminator was largely responsible for my success, so I always would look at it very fondly. The first three movies were great. Number four [Salvation] I was not in because I was governor. Then five [Genisys] and six [Dark Fate] didn’t close the deal as far as I’m concerned. We knew that ahead of time because they were just not well written.”
While it might be time for Schwarzenegger to bid farewell to the franchise, his decision marks the end of an era. Since his appearance in the original film, Schwarzenegger has taken on numerous roles in other memorable movies, establishing himself as a versatile actor.
However, the classic Terminator films still hold a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide and remain some of Schwarzenegger’s most beloved works. Even though he has concluded his involvement as an actor, fans can always revisit those timeless films.
Despite retiring from the Terminator franchise, Schwarzenegger’s acting career is far from over. Audiences can catch him in the upcoming Netflix series FUBAR, set to premiere on May 25. Additionally, he will portray the President in the highly anticipated martial arts comedy movie Kung Fury 2, which does not yet have a confirmed release date.
As Schwarzenegger moves on to new ventures, fans will undoubtedly remember his unforgettable portrayal of the Terminator, forever leaving an indelible mark on the sci-fi genre. The franchise’s future may be uncertain, but the legacy of those early Terminator movies will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.