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Schwarzenegger: Machines rule the world

Published 19/06/2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken about why he loved serving as Governor of the state of California, a position he held for nearly a decade.

The 67-year-old actor reprises his role as a lethal cyborg from the future in forthcoming sci-fi Terminator Genisys.

Arnold portrayed the robotic character in the original 1984 film The Terminator and he’s convinced society may be headed toward the future forecasted in the iconic movie franchise.

“In 1984 people thought it was absolutely crazy, the world that James [Cameron] had created. Little did we know that one day it would become a reality,” he told UK newspaper The Sun.

“Machines have totally taken over. We cannot keep up. I play chess on the computer at medium difficulty and get beaten every second game.

“All that needs to happen now is for machines to become self-aware. That is the only step missing in order to get to that level where The Terminator is.

“We were almost filming reality. It’s not like, ‘Oh man, this is never going to happen’, like in 1984.”

Arnold served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

While holding political office, he had to pass on the opportunity to star in 2009 feature Terminator Salvation.

“When you’re Governor you’re so consumed with the work and responsibilities that you don’t have time to think, ‘Maybe I should do a movie on the side’,” Arnold explained.

“It was too bad I couldn’t be in it, but I felt absolutely delighted with what I did instead and felt in heaven with my job as Governor.

“I felt I gave something back to my state and a country that gave me everything.

“I knew that if another Terminator movie was made I would come back.”

Terminator Genisys reaches American theatres on July 1.

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