Fans might have gone into the new "Terminator Genisys" trailer hoping for more scenes of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, but they ended up with a mind-blowing revelation about the apparent role in the franchise reboot of John Connor. Warning: Spoilers!
Entertainment Weekly spoke with actor Jason Clarke about this new turn of events for a character previously portrayed as the savior of the human race. Clarke didn't get into the hows and whys, but did discuss some of the new elements.
"To quote 'Spinal Tap:' 'It turns it up to 11,'" he said. "It takes it from a typical machine chasing the good guys to giving it a bit more complexity within the same realm."
Clarke said he appreciated the challenge of playing the good and bad parts of one character while also exploring what that means for him as a human and as a machine. "Technology has become more and more engrained inside of us and John becomes the ultimate realization of that," he said.
The actor gave a few details about what it's like for this version of John Connor as a robot. "When John gets shot, he experiences the pain, and even though he is a machine at that point, he hasn’t experienced the benefits of what he can do," Clarke said. "It was a kind of learn as you go. He was aware of it, but he was still experiencing it, still harnessing it, and learning how to dictate it.
"I made a decision to make a freer John," he continued. "He’s freed from being a messiah, freed from the burden of knowing the future is set and nothing can change it forever. He’s full of possibilities now that he’s not fully machine, not fully human. He’s something else. He’s still evolving. There are still surprises as to what exactly John is ultimately. Is he controllable or not? He’s the last throw of the dice by Skynet and he is something that is a lot more than we’ve ever seen but nobody really knows just where it can go."
Also starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith and Byung-Hun Lee, "Terminator Genisys" opens July 1.