Although Terminator: Genisys won't be hitting theaters for another nine months, TheArnoldFans was able to get in several questions to one of the lead actors while Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese) was promoting UNBROKEN, his upcoming film. Jai talks endoskeletons, Terminator toys, a fitness role model and the high probability of the Terminator's rating.
TheArnldFans: Jai, You just finished working with Schwarzenegger on Terminator Genisys. What's your best Arnold story and was it challenging to interact with those endoskeleton FX creations throughout filming?
Jai Courtney: "I don't know about my BEST Arnold story but the endoskeletons were funny, because they were really just guys in mo-cap suits running around."
TheArnldFans: When do you start filming the next two TERMINATOR films and will Arnold be in the sequels on some capacity? Can there be a successful Terminator film without Arnold?
Jai Courtney: "Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold. I guess we start filming - I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016."
This sounds like Jai may be confirming Arnold WILL be involved in the next installments because he too questions an Arnold-free Terminator film. Yes, it is hard to imagine a successful Terminator film without Schwarzenegger and we hope we never see that day!
TheArnldFans: Have you had your face scanned for future Terminator action figure merchandise?
Jai Courtney: "I hope we get an action figure! It's a dream of mine. It would be awesome. I had my face scanned for visual FX, I dunno if they're going to use it to make an action figure, I certainly hope so."
TheArnldFans: Halloween is coming...what are some of your greatest or most ridiculous Halloween costumes from the past...and what's your Halloween plan this year?
Jai Courtney: "My god! I haven't thought about it at all. We don't really do it back home... I don't think I'veever done Halloween properly. It's like, not a thing in Australia. We do it but it's not a big deal. Once when I was a kid, I shoved some BMX handlebars under my shirt and my shoulders and pretended to be a hunchback. We weren't very creative. I was dressing up all the time anyways, Halloween was just another day."
TheArnldFans: How do you stay in shape? Do you often PUMP IRON and who are your FITNESS role models?
"Jai Courtney: "Mr. Schwarzenegger! Um, I try and change my workout up a lot, because i get bored really easily. I don't pump a lot of iron. But that's a great documentary (Pumping Iron)."
TheArnldFans: Based on the material you saw of violence and profanity, would you guess this is a PG-13 movie or rated R? Did you get to have some fun with fantastic movie violence and F-bombs in Terminator?
Jai Courtney: "I would love to see it be rated R, but I don't think it will. I think in this day & age, it's much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there'll be a healthy amount of movie violence."
This response will surely rile up the hardcore Terminator fans but let's keep pushing for that hard R film. I too have a feeling Jai is right here and it will be PG-13 based on how the franchise has branched to many generations of fans throughout the world and Terminator lends itself so well to merchandising. Still, let's HOPE for R. The fans desire nothing more than the gore and the "Fuck you, asshole"s of the original. But the rating does not make a film great; it all comes down to the script and tone from the director. Let's just hope it is dark and intense, unlike T3 and T4.
Check out this video by TheTerminatorFans supporting an R rated treatment. TheArnoldFans also strongly supports the movement for a hard R. There's no fate but what we make. What are your thoughts? Write us below in the comment section.
Courtney also stopped by HuffPost Live today and the conversationally inevitably turned to Genisys.
Jai Courtney: "What I can say is that we start in a place we're familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point," he told host Ricky Camilleri. "It's not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don't even know how you brand it correctly. We're not remaking one of the early 'Terminator' movies. And it doesn't necessarily carry on from the point where we left off."