Jason Clarke Talks “Genisys” Villain

The release of the full trailer for “Terminator Genisys” yesterday seemed to give away one of the film’s biggest surprises – that an adult John Connor (Jason Clarke) would effectively serve as the new film’s major villain.

It’s a decidedly bold decision, one that will no doubt split the fandom. In a new interview with EW, Clarke himself spoke about how the change to the character changes the film itself:

“To quote Spinal Tap: ‘It turns it up to 11.’ It takes it from a typical machine chasing the good guys to giving it a bit more complexity within the same realm. Not just the good and bad of one man but the good and the bad of man and machine. Technology has become more and more engrained inside of us and John becomes the ultimate realization of that.”

It seems the character isn’t a doppleganger completely under Skynet control, but rather John Connor having secured himself an at least partial machine body. In fact even the actor says it’s hard to say what exactly he is:

“He’s full of possibilities now that he’s not fully machine, not fully human. He’s something else. He’s still evolving. There are still surprises as to what exactly John is ultimately. Is he controllable or not? He’s the last throw of the dice by Skynet and he is something that is a lot more than we’ve ever seen but nobody really knows just where it can go.”

He also says the character is learning his capabilities as the film goes along:

“When John gets shot, he experiences the pain, and even though he is a machine at that point, he hasn’t experienced the benefits of what he can do. It was a kind of learn as you go. He was aware of it, but he was still experiencing it, still harnessing it, and learning how to dictate it… I made a decision to make a freer John. He’s freed from being a messiah, freed from the burden of knowing the future is set and nothing can change it forever.”

“Terminator Genisys” is currently slated to open July 1st.