Who remembers the news that Christian Bale was in talks for Terminator: Salvation? It would surely suggest that the film would be taken seriously, as opposed to, well… ‘Talk to Da Hand’. Obviously, things didn’t turn out as they should have.
And Bale has spoken on this with Happy Sad Confused recently, the actor got candid about why he joined the project and how things went off the rails:
“I said no three times. I thought that the franchise… I went ‘Nah, there’s no story there.’ I’d seen the first one and enjoyed that back in England, I’d been to the movies and seen the second one.
It was an unfortunate series of events involving the writers’ strike, involving Jonah Nolan, who was able to come on, and really start to write a wonderful script, but then got called away for a prior commitment that he had.
And it’s a great thorn in my side because I wish we could have reinvigorated [the franchise]. And unfortunately, during production, you could tell that wasn’t happening. It’s a great shame.
There’s a perverse side to me, where people were telling me that, there’s no way on God’s Earth that I should take that role, and I was thinking the same thing. But when people started verbalizing that to me, I started to go, ‘Oh really? All right, well watch this then.’ So there was a little bit of that involved in the choice.”
Anyway, things are looking up in Terminator land. They’re getting rid of all the post-T2 shit and taking another shot at Terminator 3. Can’t wait!
Actually, there was one good scene in Terminator: Salvation. The Guns ‘N Roses throwback. But even that was kind of shit, what we really should’ve seen in such a future war movie was Connor destroying a T-800 by himself, like it was nothing.