Wired über das Terminator Franchise

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Wired hat eine schöne Artikelserie über den Terminator. In einem davon erzählt James Cameron über die Wurzeln des Cyborgs und über Arnold Schwarzenegger als Roboter.

I’ve been fascinated ever since by our human propensity for dancing on the edge of the apocalypse. So when I wrote the first Terminator outline around 1982, I was just working out my childhood stuff. It was also born out of the science fiction movies and literature I grew up with. For the most part, they were warnings—about technology, about science, about the military and the government. You couldn’t escape those themes or the fear of nuclear holocaust.

The idea of a hit man from the future trying to change past events was certainly not new. What I thought was cutting-edge was deciding to not have the Terminator be a guy in a robot suit. That’s how it was typically done. But a flesh-covered endoskeleton? That was new. So for me it was all about how we could develop stop-motion animation and puppetry to create a true robotic endoskeleton. The team at visual-effects house Stan Winston Studio jumped into it and made it work.

Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger as our Terminator, on the other hand, shouldn’t have worked. The guy is supposed to be an infiltration unit, and there’s no way you wouldn’t spot a Terminator in a crowd instantly if they all looked like Arnold. It made no sense whatsoever. But the beauty of movies is that they don’t have to be logical. They just have to have plausibility.

Creator James Cameron on Terminator’s Origins, Arnold as Robot, Machine Wars, It’s Back — Why the Terminator Is Unstoppable, Evolution of a Killer Franchise — The Terminator (1984-????), The Terminator as Metaphor for Life (via Digg)

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  1. The Director

    Juhuuu, ich bin der Erste. Und das nach einem Monat. Ist das ein neuer Rekord?

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