The ‘will he, won’t he’ situation regarding whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will make an appearance in Terminator Salvation has been going on for a while now, and McG recently gave a rather interesting hint as to the answer to that question.
“The T800s as we know them look like Arnold [Schwarzenegger]. 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 Schwarzenegger.”
I take this to mean they will use hi-tech movie wizardry to digitally insert a younger version of Arnies head onto a Terminator or human. Last year Austrian bodybuilder Roland Kickinger was hired for the movie and gave some hints as to what role he will be playing. Arnies younger face + Roland Kickinger’s body = ???