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THE MOVIE: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Arnold Schwarzenegger • Nick Stahl • Kristanna Loken
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Mostow

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines THE CONCEPT:
John Connor (Stahl), now 22 years-old, is once again the target of Skynet, who has sent their most sophisticated cyborg killing machine, the T-X (Loken) to destroy him – all that can save him, and the end of the world, is a replica of the cyborg Terminator (Schwarzenneger), Connor’s now obsolete and former would-be assassin.

U.S. RELEASE: July 2 2003, Nationwide • Rated: R


“The heart of the film is the story. What I love about the Terminator movies is that people think that they are about visual effects and stunts, but if you think about them, what really separates them is that they have got great stories.”

“What we tried to do in this one was to make the movie an ongoing story about the machines versus the human race, and the dangers that you can face when you create something for a good purpose and, all of a sudden, it goes out of control and it becomes this big monster. The character of the Terminator in the first film was a villain. He was basically the Goliath, and in the third one he has become David, where you say, ‘Oh my god, with this sophisticated (T-X) machine, there’s not way he can win.”

“I knew I had to approach the character in my own way. [Connor] has been living a lonely, isolated existence, and he’s shocked to discover that the war he was such a big part of stopping as a kid is actually not over and is in fact a very serious, immediate threat.”

“I was definitely a fan of Robert Patrick’s character in T2. I was really awed by his performance and the complete body control that he had, so I think maybe, subconsciously, that played in the back of my mind.”

MOSTOW on working with Arnold:
“I felt like I was directing the story of the Bible but I’d actually got Moses playing Moses! The truly successful and great actors have always historically put themselves in the hands of filmmakers whom they trusted. The leap Arnold had to make was to trust me. It could have been the opposite. Arnold would have had every right and authority to just run the whole show. He was just great.”

“I took a beating in this movie, but I don’t think that has to do with age. It just has to do with the stunts. What was challenging was to get my body back in the kind of shape that it was in for the first and second movies.”

“Working with Arnold was quite an experience. He just has this larger than life personality, and he’s so knowledgeable about the fight sequences and knows what works and what doesn’t. I learned a lot by watching him and just working with his energy.”

SCHWARZENEGGER on a female cyborg kicking his butt:
“It was interesting, and I thought very appealing because art imitates real life. I think that in real life more women are becoming very strong. This is the first time [I’ve been beaten by a woman], but I’m used to it, I’m married!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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