“Terminator Salvation” had to be re-written to accommodate Christian Bale’s involvement says The Hollywood Reporter.
McG wanted Bale to the play the role of Marcus Wright (played in the film by Sam Worthington), however Bale wanted to play the role of John Connor which was a much smaller role in the original drafts.
Bale and McG worked on the screenplay to fix that – “A lot of the work was integrating (Connor) into scenes … and having that feel integral and sensible, as opposed to grafted on just because there was a star in the part” says scribe John Brancato.
In the current film, both Wright and Connor get equal time on screen.
Meanwhile McG talked with io9 about the film’s original alternate ending and explained it detail. The film’s current ending is very different to what’s described here, but this could be considered a spoiler:
“We had a jet-black ending. Connor dies, we’re in a room with all the people we care about. You take Connor’s likeness, you put it on the living machine of Marcus. He sits up, now looking like Christian Bale, takes a gun, kills Kate, kills Kyle, kills Star, kills everybody, eyes flare red, [snaps] the end” says McG.
That description is slightly different to the original online leak last year which said the ending did involve Connor dying and Marcus taking on Connor’s likeness. However the others don’t die and the mechanical Connor goes on to lead the resistance in the war against the machines.
Finaly, will the topless Moon Bloodgood scene make it to the DVD? McG says he’s unsure but tells Terminator Chronicles that it was cut out because “it felt more like a gratuitous moment of a girl taking her top off in an action picture, and I didn’t want that to convolute the story or the characters.”