James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton ‘very long’ email asking her to star in Dark Fate

James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton a three-page email asking her to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate.The actress appeared in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the…

James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton a three-page email asking her to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate.

The actress appeared in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the time-travelling robot assassin, and is now portraying the character once again in the latest movie, the sixth instalment in the franchise.

However, in a chat with Collider.com, Cameron – the director and producer of the first two films – explained that he had to do quite a lot of convincing to get Hamilton back on board.

“I sent her a very, very long email. It was about three and a half pages, half of which was devoted to why she shouldn’t do the film, and half of which was devoted to why she should do the film. We all know the reasons why she should. We love the character. It’s been often attempted, but never succeeded, and I don’t just mean other incarnations of Sarah,” he commented, adding that he was pleased to present his former wife, whom he was married to from 1997 until 1999, with both sides of the argument. “By balancing it, I think I gave her permission to say no without offending anybody. I think that allowed her to make her own decision. And if you know Linda, you know that it would have to be her decision. And fortunately, we got a great return to the big screen for Sarah out of that.”

Meanwhile, in a recent chat on U.K. TV chat show Lorraine, Hamilton joked that she would rather pretend to be dead than play Connor again.

“I’ve been threatening to fake my own death so I wouldn’t have to do the next one if there is one. It really was hard, it was the hardest and the greatest I’ve ever done,” she laughed.

Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller, is in cinemas now.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cindy Crawford launch wellness brand

Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with supermodel Cindy Crawford to set up a health and wellness lifestyle brand. The Terminator star launched Ladder with Crawford, U.S. basketball star LeBron James, and skier Lindsey Vonn on Tuesday (27Nov18). “…

Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with supermodel Cindy Crawford to set up a health and wellness lifestyle brand.

The Terminator star launched Ladder with Crawford, U.S. basketball star LeBron James, and skier Lindsey Vonn on Tuesday (27Nov18).

“It’s an organically developed company (versus) a company coming to us and saying, ‘We’ll give you some stock if we can use your name’,” Schwarzenegger says. “That’s what I’ve done in the past, but I didn’t have the control. That’s why I got out of the deals.”

“It was kind of an interesting group of people,” Crawford adds.

Ladder came together while James and Schwarzenegger were working on supplement lines and Crawford and Vonn subsequently joined them when they decided to team up.

“I’ve been involved in fitness since my early twenties,” Crawford adds. “In a lot of ways, the fitness is easier to figure out than the nutrition.”

Ladder users will be able to pay for a subscription service that will offer access to content and a range of products that will be tailored for them after they complete a quiz about their health and fitness goals.

“I’m not competing in a professional sport; my life is different, so the quiz is helpful to learn how I would use these products,” Cindy says. “It really is about the community, the content – the products are just there to help support.”

“My tagline is ‘life is a workout’,” she adds. “My job does take a certain amount of athleticism and a toll on the body. Maybe there are moms or working women who can relate, so that’s my role within the four of us.”

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Patrick Schwarzenegger thrilled to be working with the man behind his dad’s big break

Patrick Schwarzenegger’s acting career hit hit a new high after the man responsible for his father’s movie success hired him for his new TV series. The model-turned-movie star had to pinch himself constantly after landing the leading role in Hollywood…

Patrick Schwarzenegger’s acting career hit hit a new high after the man responsible for his father’s movie success hired him for his new TV series.

The model-turned-movie star had to pinch himself constantly after landing the leading role in Hollywood mogul Mike Medavoy’s National Geographic project The Long Road Home, because the producer was the guy who helped his dad, Arnold, score the iconic android role in Terminator.

“I’ve gotten to meet so many people in the film industry from my dad – for example Mike Medavoy, the producer,” Patrick tells WENN. “The Long Road Home, which I shot in Austin, Texas, was produced by Mike Medavoy. Getting to work with him when I’m 24 and him working with my dad when he was in his 30s was those two worlds colliding. It was awesome.

“Having Schwarzenegger as my last name opens doors for me but you still have to put in the time and the work and the dedication. People can only care so much what your name is.”

And all his acting jobs now bring back so many happy memories of when he was on film sets with his father.

“When my dad ran for Governor of California I was 10 or something and it was an incredible experience,” Patrick adds. “Having a dad who was a governor was amazing for me as a kid but going to film sets was more fun.

“In Terminator 3, a lot of filming was right up here in L.A. in the hillside over by the Griffith Observatory. I got to do hikes and go up there, which was cool. My favourite was any time he (Arnold) got to work on the Universal lot, riding the golf cart. Literally, you’d get to go to King Kong or Jaws (attractions), which was a dream come true for a kid.”

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Mackenzie Davis in talks to lead Terminator reboot

The Martian actress Mackenzie Davis is reportedly in talks to take on a lead role in the Terminator reboot. Tim Miller is directing the movie, which will serve as a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and he is eyeing the 30-year-old to front the ca…

The Martian actress Mackenzie Davis is reportedly in talks to take on a lead role in the Terminator reboot.

Tim Miller is directing the movie, which will serve as a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and he is eyeing the 30-year-old to front the cast, according to Variety, alongside an unnamed star who will take on a protagonist role, similar to Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor character.

Original franchise director James Cameron will be producing this time around, but the upcoming project will reunite the filmmaker with his leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will return as the titular android assassin, and Hamilton, who starred in the first two films.

Last year (17), Cameron revealed the movie will introduce a series of younger characters, who will carry the franchise for a new trilogy.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centrepiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

And he explained it was Miller’s idea to bring it back to its original premise and not make mention of the three sequels following Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“This was really driven more by (Tim) than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it,” he added. “The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

Cameron and Miller’s new Terminator collaboration is set for release in July, 2019.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger cast as U.S. President in Kung Fury sequel

Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to the White House to play the U.S. President in a feature-length sequel to the cult short film Kung Fury. The Terminator action hero and former Governor of California has joined the cast of actor/director David Sandbe…

Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to the White House to play the U.S. President in a feature-length sequel to the cult short film Kung Fury.

The Terminator action hero and former Governor of California has joined the cast of actor/director David Sandberg’s new movie, which will also feature Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, who had a cameo in the 2015 original.

The Kung Fury short followed Sandberg’s titular character, a 1980s police detective in Miami, Florida, who discovers he possesses extraordinary kung fu powers after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra.

The project, which was partly funded via an online campaign, was designed to pay homage to the martial arts and police action movies of the 1980s, and featured Hasselhoff singing the True Survivor theme tune.

With over 40 million views online, it became so popular, Sandberg announced on Monday (12Feb18) he was making a big screen follow-up. The sequel will be set in 1985, when Kung Fury’s Thundercops police force disbands after losing one of its own, making way for a mysterious villain to rise and embark on a mission to help Adolf Hitler, known as Kung Fuhrer, to take hold of a powerful weapon, according to according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sandberg will also serve as one of the producers on the movie, alongside KatzSmith Productions’ David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt, who worked on the hugely successful It remake last year (17).

Kung Fury 2 is being shopped to distributors at Germany’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday (15Feb18).

Production is set to take place in Europe and the U.S. this summer (18).

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