While Terminator star Linda Hamilton might be returning to the role of Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate, she has nothing nice to say about the last three Terminator films. In a new interview, the actor called Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys "very forgettable".
In an interview with Variety's Marc Malkin at CinemaCon, Hamilton opened up about the films while promoting Dark Fate.
"You start something and you're invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren't there", Hamilton said. "Too many people, too many story points. So I think we've done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films."
Hamilton also revealed that she was initially hesitant to return to the franchise, but ultimately changed her mind when she saw how much the characters had changed in the film's story.
"I gave it probably six weeks of intense thinking and consideration before deciding to do it", Hamilton continued. "I wasn't really sure if I wanted to. I didn't want it to look like a shameless money grab. I am living this quiet, lovely life that doesn't involve being a celebrity and you really have to think, do I really want to trade that in again for another 15 minutes?"
Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys were, to some extent, all critical and commercial disappointments after the era-defining success of the first two Terminator movies. However, Dark Fate will serve as a sequel to only the first two Terminator films,--The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day--effectively rendering the three films non-canon.
Hamilton then ended the interview by joking that her plan for appearing in future Terminator films was to fake her death so as to avoid appearing in anymore installments.
Directed by Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta. The film is scheduled for release on November 1.