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Anton Yelchin on Terminator Salvation

Published May 19, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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Anton Yelchin has spent the last two years working on big Hollywood movies, remakes and reimaginings of movie and TV classics. Audiences are seeing it all this month, but for Yelchin, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.

Yelchin Talks Terminator Salvation

“It's kind of crazy to go from movies that, I don't know, cost $3 million or $4 million to movies that cost a hundred of those or fifty of those,” Yelchin said. “It’s incredible. I've been really lucky to be able to play two very compelling characters in two totally different films even though they're both sci-fi and to be able to find things that I admire and find challenging about these characters. The process of reinterpreting a character is also really fascinating and it's something that I haven't ever done before. That's how I felt with Star Trek and then suddenly all of a sudden I'm reinterpreting a different character. It was very surreal, but at the same time I'm very, very lucky to be able to play these characters. Aside from the fact that these are huge movies, the thing that I love about this craft is that it's challenging and fascinating and challenging in every way. These were challenges that I loved taking on.”

With Kyle Reese in Terminator, Yelchin was a devoted student. “I thought that it was really important that I studied them. I'd seen T1 a bunch of times. I re-watched it a bunch before we started shooting and then I'd just kind of come home and before specific scenes look at scenes that in my mind I had written down and sat down and said, 'Use this for this. Use that for this.' You can't imitate, but I feel like the source is there. Michael Biehn is such an icon.”

Of course, Yelchin chouldn’t pick a favorite. “I'd be Chekov Reese. I don't know. They're very different. I'd love to be a gun wielding badass. I'd love to be sitting here with a shotgun right now and have everyone over there. I'd just go [cock it] every time you asked me a question. It would be great. I could still do it right now. If any of you think that I'm not dangerous… So I don't know. I'd be both of them. I guess I'd be Kyle Reese.”

Reese may be able to cock and shoot one handed, but at the training range, his costar Moon Bloodgood gave him a run. “I was learning. We were practicing and we had a little game going and we ran around with some guns and played. She got me. I don't feel emasculated at all.”

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 21st.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Movie Page.

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