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During the beginning of production on
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins the big question asked was whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger would be making a cameo appearance in the film. We know the California governor is geeked on the sequel, considering that he personally stopped by to check out production. While we've been told repeatedly that, no, he will not be getting in front of the camera for the film, it looks like McG has an ace in the hole with the help of special effects.
Schwarzenegger (Kinda) in Terminator Salvation (If Possible)
The good people at ThePlaylist have learned from McG that the director is working with ILM to see if they can digitally insert or create a T-800 terminator that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation.
"The T800s as we know them look like Arnold [Schwarzenneger]. The T800 plays a big role in this movie.. I can't quite tell you how we express that, but I will tell you the following: I think when you make a Terminator movie the responsibility of our team...is to push special effects forward. So what we're trying to do is create visual effects and write code that's never been written before to address this very question. It is not clear if we will be successful or not, so we're working very diligently on going up to ILM in Sn Francisco because soon to address this very nature because... let me just hint at this: I don't want today's Arnold Schawzenneger. Cheers [to him], but I just want idealized Griffith park, Bill Paxton, tire-track on a face on-the-face archetype, and we'll see what we can do about that."
Whether ILM plans on cutting Schwarzenegger out of an older Terminator or actually digitally recreating him remains to be known.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd.