J.K. Simmons Talks “Terminator Genesis”

Visiting the Cannes Film Festival to help promote this year’s Sundance winner “Whiplash,” actor J.K. Simmons recently spoke about his role in the upcoming “Terminator” project, the first of a proposed new trilogy.

Simmons worked with the film’s director Alan Taylor on the prison drama series “Oz” and thinks the new “Terminator” will be an “intelligent, entertaining, enjoyable film”. Like Matt Smith’s part, Simmons’ role is also expected to grow larger in the subsequent sequels.

Surprisingly though, Simmons was cautious when initially offered the project:

“I was leery of it when it first came my way, when my agent sent me the idea for it. It’s a small part, which they insist gets much bigger in the sequels. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the script itself.

This, I think, is a reimagining. They don’t want to call it a sequel or a reboot. It’s the world that James Cameron created with Arnold [Schwarzenegger, obviously]. All the leading characters are characters who have existed in that world – the character I play is new to it.

The script, I think, is very smart, and it’s going to be a wonderful part for Arnold to do. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are already shooting – we did a table read a few weeks ago – and all of them are going to be great.”

Source: Empire Online